Uhuru looks to 2017 elections in parastatal appointments
28 April 2015, 17:30
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has made his case for a defence of his seat in the 2017 General Elections with the appointment of key parastatal bosses.
The president Monday announced 302 appointments to various parastatals, with State House, while making the announcement stating that the appointments will serve to show the true face of Kenya.
But on closer inspection of the list, the reality is different.
Majority of the appointments are either geared toward political mileage or have rewarded supporters of the succesful UhuRuto campaign of the 2013 General Elections.
The likes of former Cabinet ministers Musikari Kombo (Ford Kenya), Soita
Shitanda (New Ford Kenya), Henry Obwocha (Ford People) are geared towards seeking favour ahead of the 2017 elections in western Kenya.
Kombo competed versus CORD co principal Moses Wetangula in the 2013 elections, losing in the race for the Bungoma Senatorial seat.
Shitanda and Obwocha were against CORD's campaign in the past elections and will be sought after to do the same come 2017.
Samuel Poghisio was a key component of the Party of National Unity and a Jubilee supporter in the past elections. From Ukambani, Wavinya Ndeti and Kalembe Ndile also went against the Wiper Party wave in the past elections.
At the Coast, Marsden Madoka, Taib Ali Taib and Sheikh Juma Ngao have all been handed positions, seemingly in the fight against the CORD wave at the Coast.
" The president has clearly sought o start making plans for the 2017 elections in advance," Political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" The appointments are to sharpen his knives against the opposition wave. As you see, the appointments have targetted key CORD areas and that is a sign of the motive.
" Whether it will help in the long run remains to be seen. That said, it is a strong worded message from the president," he believes.
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