President William Ruto has finally decided to work on Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga’s concerns about tribalism in the government, it has emerged.
Raila has been pressuring Ruto for making government appointments a two-tribe affair, a narrative he has also been using to fight the Kenya Kwanza administration and it’s ability to deliver.
It’s now emerging that it is because of the complains that Ruto extended the number of Chief Administrative Secretaries to the current fifty.
The decision, the Saturday Nation was told, was to ensure that every county gets at least a position, with Raila’s Luo Nyanza region getting several, in a bid to counter the narrative that some Kenyans have been left out in sharing of the available state positions.
Insiders have told the paper that this is among the things that were discussed between Ruto and the Luo Nyanza CAS appointees in State House on Tuesday.
It is reported that the nominees; Homa Bay governor race loser Evans Kidero, former Kisumu senator Fred Outa and former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo discussed with Ruto how they can use their new positions to expel Raila from Nyanza politics.
“The President is determined to have Raila exit the political scene by making our people feel part and parcel of his administration. Some of the appointments are part of his plans to demonstrate to Nyanza people that they do not need Raila for them to benefit from government services,” the source told the paper.
This is even as Outa denies that the meeting was about them pledging their ability to destabilise Raila in Nyanza, claiming that they did not even know that they would be nominated to the positions.
“When we met with the President at the State House, we discussed how to develop our region and not about individual appointments. It is the prerogative of the President to make appointments. No one has the power to push him to make certain decisions. The appointments are a surprise to most of us because we never discussed the issue with him,” he says.
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