Disquiet among DPâ€™s allies after Matiangâ€™i gets more powers
SEE ALSO :MPs root for Muturi in 2022 race“The DP is still the principal assistant to the President. Nothing has changed. Those claiming he has been sidelined in the Executive Order are deluding themselves. The Constitution is clear about his role. Lemanken Aramat, the Narok East MP said: “The President wants to free his deputy so that he can concentrate on the most important agenda of bringing Kenyans together. Kenyans were bitterly divided after the last General Election, so there must be somebody to work to bring unity in the country. He is not being sidelined.” Eldama Ravine MP Moses Lessonet said the executive order was good but the missing link was that the DP should have been the one chairing the committee. “This is like a liaison committee in Parliament, which is chaired by the Deputy Speaker. I think there was an oversight on who should be chairing it,” Mr Lessonet said. Tinderet MP Julius Melly and his Soy colleague, Caleb Kositany, who is also Jubilee’s deputy secretary general, urged Kenyans to stop reading mischief in the directive which he said was aimed at shaping the President’s legacy. “The elevation of Dr Matiang’i is not political. It came as a result of consultation and we support and congratulate him for his new roles. People should stop reading mischief in any step taken by the President in organising his Government,” said Mr Melly. He claimed that the CS was appointed because of the failure of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) to effectively perform its mandate. “Matiang’i is a performer and will deliver for the Government. I worked with him as parliamentary committee chairman for education when he was CS in the ministry and I know him as a committed worker.” Mr Kositany, too, accused the PDU of failing to execute its mandate as expected in line with President Uhuru’s development agenda, prompting the new strategy. However, Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono was blunt, terming the order “funny”. “Other Cabinet secretaries reporting to a fellow CS does not make sense. They should instead report to the DP or the President,” said Mr Rono. “How do you build bridges minus Ruto, who is the DP? Opinion polls have even indicated that he is the most popular leader. If President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga mean well in the Building Bridges Initiative, they should bring Ruto on board if it is not politics. Bridges should not be broken in the process of building new ones.” Belgut MP Nelson Koech said the President’s action was for the good of the country. “In fact, if Dr Matiang’i and team delivers, it shall be a plus for Ruto and anybody intending to ride on the Jubilee ticket,” Mr Koech said. Nakuru Town East MP Samuel Arama, who has in the recent past found a new hobby in praising the interior CS and urging him to go for the presidency in 2022, was elated. “I have been telling everyone that Dr Matiang’i is destined for greater things! He is a performer and we expect to see a big difference in the management of national government projects and programmes,” Mr Arama said. His Kuresoi South counterpart Joseph Tonui said Kenyans should not read too much in the new roles bestowed upon Interior CS. “I think we are reading too much in this order. The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of Government Services has been at the centre of coordinating State services. What President Uhuru has done is just to streamline the co-ordination bit, and ensure that things run smoothly under the chairmanship of Dr Matiang’i,” Mr Tonui said. Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi said he believed the expansion of Matiang’i’s mandate in the Jubilee administration could be all about efficiency in service delivery. Surprise elevation Mudavadi ruled out the possibility of a power or position games in Matiang’i’s surprise elevation. “I think it is all about efficiency in service delivery. It does not target anyone’s power or position in the Government,” said the former Deputy Prime Minister amid speculation that the gesture could be meant to undermine Ruto. Lugari MP Ayub Savula said leaders allied to Ruto should not politise the re-organisation of the Government by the President.
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