Why Kiunjuri is important to Uhuru's 2017 plan
28 December 2015, 19:00
Nairobi - Mwangi Kiunjuri will be the man on the spotlight come the new year. Why?
Former assistant minister Kiunjuri has been nominated to the Cabinet as devolution Cabinet Secretary and will have a pivotal role to play come 2016 for the Jubilee government for a number of reasons.
First, Kiunjuri will look to mop up the mess left by Anne Waiguru in the ministry, which is one of the biggest in the country.
The ministry has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, with chronic accusations of corruption and fraud reported by Police and anti graft agencies.
Kiunjuri's task will be to clean the image of the ministry and restore public confidence in the wake of the saga, a hard task indeed.
" It will not be easy. The NYS has been tainted and he needs to do a big job on it. Also, he needs to clean the ministry of corruption talk," Michael Njenga, a Political Analyst told News24.
Second, Kiunjuri will need to disassociate the NYS from the image it has gained of being a political tool for the government to run away with.
The NYS has been painted as a political force by the opposition, which the President is looking to get rid of.
" The President has real high hopes for the NYS. It has got off to a false start and Kiunjuri will have to do something about it," Njenga added.
Finally, Kiunjuri's skill level will be tested in working out modalities to ensure Devolution is on the right track.
" Devolution has suffered and Kiunjuri needs to do something about it. The government has been accused of stifling devolution. The President must change that view and Kiunjuri's job will be to help him do it," Njenga offered.
Kiunjuri's performance is thus obviously key to the way the year 2016 goes for the Jubilee government.
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