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Uhuru fails to unveil Cabinet nominees

25 April 2013, 08:08

Nairobi - There was confusion at State House, Nairobi, on Wednesday evening after President Uhuru Kenyatta called a press conference to announce nominees to his Cabinet only to apologise that the names would be unveiled on Thursday morning.

Kenyatta was to announce the names at 17.30 only to appear before journalists at 19.30 to announce consultations were still going on and that the full list would be out tomorrow.

 "I wish to apologise to the media and the nation at large that due to unavoidable circumstances, we are not going to name the Cabinet as planned," he told waiting journalists.

His deputy William Ruto claimed the President had been held up in talks with foreign dignitaries, and therefore had no time to fine-tune the list.

Kenyatta denied that he and Ruto were being held at ransom by vested interests hence the delay in naming the nominees.

"We are being driven by the need to form a formidable team that will spearhead out agenda for the next five years," he said.

On Tuesday, the two unveiled 4 of the 18 nominees as Fred Matiangi (ICT), Henry Rotich (National Treasury), James Macharia (Health) and Amina Mohamed, who will be in charge of the Foreign Affairs docket.

Meanwhile, Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desallegn on Wednesday evening pledged to double their efforts towards achieving a more stable Somalia.

Kenyatta, who met Desallegn in Nairobi, said through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), they would focus efforts towards a sustainable reconstruction in Somalia.

"Kenya and Ethiopia continue to bear a disproportionate burden occasioned by the longstanding crisis that afflicted Somalia for more than 20 years ago. This has included the hosting of millions of refugees.

"We reaffirm our commitment to continue working with the Somalia towards its reconstruction," Kenyatta said.

He said as the Africa Union prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, special focus on Somalia was necessary, adding that UN and the international community have an obligation to address instability in Somalia.

Mogadishu has been in political and economic turmoil since 1990, prompting the Kenya Defense Forces to launch an operation last year to flash out insurgents.

- CAJ News



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