Kenya: Ruto Allies Decry Involvement of Cabinet Secretaries in Odinga Campaigns

27 October 2021

Nairobi — Members of Parliament allied to Deputy President William Ruto have raised concern over the intensified engagement of Cabinet Secretaries in politics.

They said Cabinet Secretaries were openly campaigning for Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.

MPs Alice Wahome (Kandara), Irungu Kang'ata (Murang'a), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Ndindi Nyoro (Kihara) said Cabinet Secretaries are supposed to be neutral.

They said the three Cabinet Secretaries were using their offices to support Mr Odinga.

"They are supposed to be apolitical yet, they have become ODM agents," said the Kiharu MP.

The MPs said the CSs Fred Matiang'i (Internal Security), Eugene Wamalwa (Defence) and Joe Mucheru (Information and Communication), must decide whether they will be neutral in working with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) or resign and become official ODM agents.

The Kiharu MP was speaking today at the Deputy President's Karen Residence in Nairobi County during a meeting of church leaders from Murang'a.

Kang'ata said the three CSs had declared who they will support and who they won't in the 2022 elections.

As a result, the Senator explained, they are not qualified to be part of the institutions working with the IEBC on the preparation for next year's elections.

On his part, Gachagua said the IEBC is independent, and should therefore, have no businesses with the CSs.

"Matiang'i is partisan and any election management he is part of cannot be free and fair," said the Mathira MP.

He asked the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati not to entertain those who had taken sides to be part of the management of elections.

His sentiments were supported by Wahome who noted that the President's legacy will be assured only if there is a peaceful transition.

"He must ensure that there is a free, fair and democratic election. The international community has a role to play and ensure that we do not go the 2007 way or witness another fake swearing in," she observed.

Tayari argued that government functionaries should have a minimal role in the management of elections.

He urged the CSs to concentrate on their roles and not poke their noses in the management of elections.

Dr Ruto who was also in the meeting said the greatest threat to national development and politics in Kenya is ethnic politics practised in ethnic political parties.

He added that national political parties are the answer to skewed development programmes and tribalism.

"The Bottom-Up Economic Model is the only approach that guarantees jobs for millions of young people and additional taxpayers.

This way, the country will reduce dependence on borrowing," he noted.

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