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
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,"
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
"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
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