President Uhuru Kenyatta is crafting radical changes in government that will see a couple of Cabinet secretaries dropped as he races against time to implement his legacy projects.
After overhauling the parliamentary leadership, the President is said to be shifting his focus to his Cabinet in a major shake-up to tap the most experienced hands to drive his heritage plan.
The impending changes have already triggered panic in the Cabinet amidst reports that key allies of Deputy President William Ruto and those nursing 2022 political ambitions will be chopped.
The DP’s parliamentary lieutenants have already paid a painful political price, loss of power, after Uhuru ruthlessly executed far-reaching changes in the Senate and National Assembly leadership.
Those aware of the President’s plans say Uhuru is keen to assemble a team of experienced leaders who will work for him “body and soul” as he enters the home stretch of his final term.
The team that will steer Uhuru’s life-and-death fight for a legacy will exclude politicians who have shown any interest in the 2022 general election to avoid divided attention and competing interests.
Some CSs are said to be plotting gubernatorial and presidential ambitions at the expense of helping deliver on the President’s agenda.
Those nursing 2022 ambitions will be chopped. Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata, a close confidant of the President, confirmed the Cabinet changes could come in less than three weeks.
Kang’ata revealed the President will axe a couple of CSs and chief administrative secretaries to pave the way for a fresh and vigorous team focused on his agenda.
“Changes in the Cabinet are inevitable and that will definitely happen within three weeks,” Kang’ata said on Saturday at Wamahiga Primary School in Kigumo, Murang’a county.
Kang’ata said the President has already made up his mind that he would fire some officials in his government to secure an environment necessary to deliver on his projects.
“The government’s agenda cannot be achieved by officials who do not support it. Their removal is necessary,” Kang’ata said.
This announcement came as it emerged an influential Cabinet secretary had already made contact with his ‘godfather’ in a desperate move to salvage his position amidst fears he could be dropped in the imminent changes.