Uhuru CS will be retained in the Kenya Kwanza government with allies of William Ruto telling Balala he will not be anywhere near their govt.
Samson Cherargei, a senator from Nandi, criticized the Cabinet Secretary, saying he had no place in Ruto’s administration because he was one of the individuals who conspired to make the candidate look bad during his campaigns.
This is despite the praises that Balala heaped on Ruto and Deputy President-Elect Rigathi Gachagua that indicated that the Tourism CS might be in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance fold.
“CS Balala @tunajibuwhen 10 rhinos died mysteriously he insulted Kenyans & went to bed with despots when HE Ruto was being humiliated he shall Not be anywhere near Kenya kwanza govt,” Cherargei wrote on his Twitter.
“Retire with Uhuru peacefully you have served 15 years and the tourism sector plummeted! “ he added warning no Uhuru CS will be retained.
Lawyer Miguna Miguna also blasted Tourism CS Najib Balala after he intimated that he would like to serve in William Ruto’s Government.
“To my friend Najib Balala, you are NOT the only Kenyan who was born to serve as cabinet secretary for tourism. You have held that position for more than 15 years. That’s enough. Move on. Retire. Find something else to do. There are 35 million unemployed Kenyans,” Miguna remarked.
This comes hours after the Tourism CS said he was ready to continue serving under the government of William Ruto.
“I am happy and humbled and I thank President Kenyatta for giving me the chance to serve the nation and I welcome President Ruto and I am ready to serve in his government whenever it’s necessary,” the CS said.
He spoke as he released a report on the performance of Kenya’s tourism sector between January and August, stating his ministry had initiated reforms that could be concluded under the new administration.
Balala also pushed for the prosecution of the four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) who disowned the August 9 presidential results.
“Impunity must be dealt with or otherwise it will return to haunt us….. the people who almost caused bloodshed on the night of the IEBC result announcement…the likes of team Cherera must be brought to book,” he wrote on Twitter.
Balala served simultaneously as Member of Parliament for Mvita Constituency, Mombasa, and as Minister for Tourism from April 2008 to March 2012.
In 2015, he was re-appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife by the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.