Key UDA politicians were left out in the unveiled list of the Kenya Kwanza parliamentary leadership set to resign for cabinet positions.
President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza unveiled its National Assembly and Senate leadership on Saturday in Naivasha, setting tongues wagging when key senior coalition politicians were left out of the coveted positions.
There are rumors that some of the influential coalition members who weren’t selected for the seats would resign for Cabinet positions.
Having served as Majority Leader in the 12th Parliament, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale told the Nation that he did not go for the position because he is likely to be in Dr Ruto’s Cabinet.
“I am going to be in the Executive,” the MP wrote in a terse WhatsApp response.
Kipchumba Murkomen, an Elgeyo-Marakwet senator who led the Senate majority before being expelled in 2020, is also anticipated to leave his position and join the Cabinet.
According to sources, one of the two MPs from Kiharu, Ndindi Nyoro, and Kandara, Alice Wahome, would also resign and join the Cabinet.
“It is correct that Duale and Murkomen are going to join the Cabinet. One of the constituencies in Murang’a County will also have a by-election but Kenyans should relax and wait,” said Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa.
Others who are eagerly waiting for Cabinet positions include former Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, UDA chairman Johnson Muthama, Ababu Namwamba, Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Alfred Mutua, Chama Cha Kazi boss Moses Kuria, former Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, former National Speaker Justin Muturi, and Eliud Owalo.
With William Ruto expected to pick some of his confidantes to join the Executive, he will be increasing the number of by-elections the electoral agency is likely to conduct by the end of this year or early 2023.
President Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, must strike a fine balance between rewarding his political allies without hurting any particular region and providing Kenyans with qualified individuals who will try to realize his campaign pledges.