Analysts claim Alfred Mutua lost the influential Foreign Affairs Ministry following his remarks on police deployment to Haiti.
President William Ruto on Wednesday reassigned Dr. Alfred Mutua to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife from the strategic Foreign Affairs docket.
According to political analysts, this was viewed as a demotion owing to how influential the Foreign Affairs Ministry is.
Backing up this position is a report by the Associated Press (AP) which linked the transfer to Mutua’s remarks on police deployment to Haiti.
CS Mutua issued a statement stating the government intended to deploy the police shortly moments after the United Nations Security Council approved Kenya’s request to send policemen to Haiti.
The publication took exception to the fact that Mutua made a statement before President Ruto, outlining the date on which Kenya would send police officers to Haiti.
President William Ruto, however, in his statement avoided commenting on the timing of the police officers’ deployment.
In an interview on local media, a governance, law, and democracy expert Dr. Brian Mutie, hinted at the possibility of a ministerial gaffe.
He explained that there is a two-tier process for issuing official statements on such a weighty matter.
The first, according to the governance expert, is for the relevant ministry to prepare two statements; one for the Head of State and another for the Cabinet Secretary.
The Foreign Affairs team then forwards the President’s speech to his handlers who finetune it and tailor it to suit what the President would ideally like to articulate.
“The problem is that the President’s team does not have the opportunity to look at what the CS’s speech looks like so it does not supersede that of the President in terms of content and autonomy,” Mutie pointed out while speculating on what could have gone wrong.
“It could also be that he was allowed to speak about the technical bit of the mission and the President was supposed to speak on overarching issues that are a bit more encompassing.”
In response to Mutua making a remark before the Head of State, Mutie clarified that it is customary for a CS to speak first on matters pertaining to his docket.
The President then confirms or expresses a different opinion, which becomes the official cabinet stance, in accordance with protocol.