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No speculation on Cabinet appointments

24 April 2013, 16:27 Dennis Omido

'We have been consulting as opposed to what Kenyans are traditionally used to, hearing a radio announcement at one o’clock' were President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sentiments as he unveiled the nominees for the posts of Cabinet Secretary on Tuesday.

As opposed to the traditional way of sending press releases to media houses to announce Cabinet appointees, President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto decided to parade them before Kenyans.

“We want to try and do things differently and try to make it open,” the President said.

This came as a surprise to Kenyans in the sense that no one was even able to tell who was going to be given which docket.

In the past two regimes, out of every three guesses made on the appointments, one or two were always right depending on the political wave and loyalty to the president at that time.

That was the time when one would be busy doing other things waiting for the top of the hour to hear if they had been appointed, via radio.

Political analysts and different media houses could even speculate on the appointments and their speculation would also come true, but with the new regime such speculations were nowhere.

It seems the days when one used to serve a minister in every regime went with the old constitution. But this will only be proved after nominees of the entire 18 Cabinet Secretary Posts are announced and Parliament vets and confirms that they are ready to take up the task.

It is a high time that Kenya is headed by leaders who are picked on merit as opposed to when politicians used to reward their allies in the name of leadership.


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