Uhuru does away with erratic Mungatana
28 April 2015, 17:30
Nairobi - Danson Mungatana's exit from the public service is an indication if his waning star in Coast politics.
Mungatana was one of the most high profile exits from the Public Service Monday after president Uhuru Kenyatta named a new list of some 302 heads of parastatals.
The unusually quiet Mungatana was replaced by veteran politician and diplomat Marsden Madoka at the helm of the Kenya Ports Authority KPA.
According to experts, the move to replace Mungatana with Madoka is a move aimed at strengthening president Kenyatta's hold on the Coastal region, which is dominated by opposition CORD coalition and Mungatana does not fit in that puzzle.
" Mungatana is politically dead at the Coast. He has no more power and is done," Juma Mnari, a political sciences lecturer with knowledge of Coastal politics told News24.
" The fact is that Mungatana cannot deliver votes for the Jubilee coalition and the president and his advisers have clearly noted that, he adds.
He also believes that the fact Madoka is an elder statesman will lift fortunes for the Jubilee coalition.
" Madoka is well respected. He might not be part of the younger breed as Coastal politics has become, but he retains respect, which is a card the president will be keen to use come the 2017 General Elections.
What about Mungatana?
" Mungatana needs some soul searching and he needs to decide what to do. He has been involved in highly publicized misdemeanours, like his financial situation and those are not good traits to have a man leading your party carry along.
" I think he he is done and his time has passed. However, this is politics and three years is a long time to prepare for the next step," he feels.
Mungatana has been involved in negative press in recent times, including being declared bankrupt as well as the matter of owing CORD co principal Moses Wetangula money and issuance of bouncing cheques.
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