The discussion surrounding the list of people that President William Ruto unveiled on Tuesday this week as members of his cabinet is still going on.
From the 22 cabinet member list, it is very evident that the head of state rewarded his loyalists, who stood with him when he was facing political challenges, with the plum government jobs.
At the same time, there were new faces with only Simon Chelugui(Cooperatives and MSMEs) and Davis Chirchir who have served in Uhuru’s cabinet being retained. Chirchir, a very close aide of Ruto, served during Uhuru’s first term in the Energy and Petroleum docket before he was unceremoniously kicked out in 2015. Chirchir was suspended alongside several other cabinet secretaries after they were mentioned in an EACC report. He has made a comeback in Ruto’s cabinet in the same docket.
Just aside from rewarding his loyalist, gender was another consideration even though some of the female appointees were also those who walked the long journey with Ruto like Kandara MP Alice Wahome who was appointed water CS and Aisha Jumwa(Public Service).
The regional balance factor and the need to retain his Mt. Kenya base were also other factors that were considered.
The big question still is how he managed to assemble all the individuals. According to a report from a local Daily, Ruto formed his cabinet after consulting with a number of individuals from his circle.
Those at the consultation table were, Rigathi Gachagua, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Nandi governor Stephen Sang, his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika, Aaron Cheruiyot(Senator Kericho) and Belgut MP Nelson Koech.