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What does Eugene Wamalwa offer Uhuru?

19 April 2015, 11:24 William Korir

Nairobi - As far as politics goes, Eugene Wamalwa's ascension to the cabinet is as co a move as they come.

The former Saboti MP was appointed to the cabinet Friday, in a move that surprised some but did shock many observers who saw it coming.

Of the western Kenya breed of politicians, Wamalwa has been the most conducive towards president Uhuru Kenyatta and has been the more friendlier towards the Jubilee government.

The other perceived to be friendly has been UDF leader Musalia Mudavadi but according to a number of political analysts, his has been more of a circumstantial move than anything else.

Here are the opinions of three political analysts on the matter.

Michael Njenga, political analyst

" Wamalwa can be viewed in two facets.

" He is a very good lawyer and will help the president deal with a very touchy ministry without really dipping his hands in mud by appointing someone from the so called Mount Kenya region.

" He has again delegated the ministry to the Luhya people and it will be a move that tells them I have one of your very own in my cabinet.

" It will be interesting to see how this pans out, he says.

Julius Chepngetich, political analyst

" It is a move that has been on the cards for long and one that I'm sure will not have shocked many people.

" It is calculated in that (Uhuru) sees Wamalwa as a front to the western Kenya block but how much that counts we will have to wait and see.

" My opinion is that Wamalwa does not offer much to the Uhuru political machine, maybe to the Uhuru cabinet he will because he is a very hardworking person.

" If he really wanted mileage he would have gone with Musalia Mudavadi, who actually has votes to offer, he says.

Michael Khamadi, political analyst

" It is a weird one for me.

" Uhuru knows that if he wanted votes or 2017 sympathy from the Luhya, he would have much rather gone with Musalia Mudavadi.

" Wamalwa is a political cabbage in western Kenya.

" In my view it is more like a move to show the Luhya that he is president and can do whatever he wants and can do as he pleases. He is president anyway, he says.

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