Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua is a major factor as to why president William Samoei Ruto is yet to name his cabinet several weeks after being elected and sworn into the high office.
The president was supposed to either name his cabinet on the week of swearing in or the next week but nothing has ever materialized, leaving many Kenyans wondering why the head of state is reluctant to come up with his cabinet and start implementing the hustlers’ manifestos.
Well, it is now emerging that president Ruto and his deputy Mr. Rigathi Gachagua are yet to agree on the way forward with regards to how the positions should be given out.
According to insiders, Ruto is keen on rewarding his Mt. Kenya loyalists such as Ndindi Nyoro, Alice Wahome amongst others. These people stood with the president through thick and thin and there have been reports that they might resign from their parliamentary positions and take over national duties.
However, this plan is being frustrated by Mr. Gachagua who reportedly wants to be given these positions so that he is the one to dish them out to those he deems loyal to him. The source claimed that Rigathi is keen on having the government divided between him and Ruto just like during the Jubilee government where president Uhuru and Ruto had a 50-50% share of the government.
His only challenge is president Ruto who is not keen on taking that direction because that might make most of his foot soldiers from the Mountain locked out if Mr. Gachagua is to decide on who is to be considered.
Most importantly, Gachagua fears that Ruto might create another kingpin from the Mountain by giving someone like former speaker Justin Muturi a powerful position in the government.
Besides, the source added that Ruto is keen on retaining the support of the Mt. Kenya MPs who stood by him all the way to 2027 and that he does not want to make the mistake president Uhuru did of betraying those that ardently supported him. Thus, allowing DP Gachagua to control who gets what from the Mountain might automatically seal the fate of Ruto loyalists from central.
Still worse is the Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula factor who were promised 30% of the cabinet positions and the same is making it practically impossible for the regime to agree and avail the names of cabinet ministers.
The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) that was declared unconstitutional by the courts is also a major headache for president Ruto. On several occasions, the president maintained in his campaigns that government ought not to be about leaders getting positions of power. Hence, many Kenyans are waiting to see if Ruto will re-introduce the CAS posts just to reward a number of politicians around him at the expense of the taxpayers.
In the meantime, Kenyans might have to wait a little bit longer for the Kenya Kwanza government to agree before finally availing their cabinet.