Kenya President's Cabinet Reshuffle Gives Posts to Former Foes
President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly appointed allies of Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement and his Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka, into top government positions, as he seeks to see through the implementation of his legacy projects less than two years before the 2022 general election. Kenyatta's legacy projects include the Big 4 Agenda - affordable housing, universal healthcare coverage, manufacturing and food security. The latest changes, which have largely affected the positions of chief administrative secretaries and principal secretaries, have seen eight new entrants to the new executive line-up with pro-handshake leaders the biggest beneficiaries. On March 9, 2018, Odinga and Kenyatta put their differences aside, uniting with a public "handshake." Among the new entrants is political analyst David Osiany, a close ally of Odinga, who has been appointed as chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta hugs Opposition leader Raila Odinga as his Deputy President William Ruto (right) and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka cheer them at the National Prayer Breakfast meeting (file photo).