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Sunday 17 August 2014


President Uhuru Kenyatta is understood to have consulted Musalia Mudavadi during the recent reshuffle in government and appointments of 13 new diplomats.

Reports reaching us reveal that Uhuru is out to reach people he believes will be instrumental in his re-election for a second term in office in 2017.
Sources say that the president and DP William Ruto agreed on a  crosscutting list to avoid hue and cry across the political divide.

Mudavadi, we have information was given two slots to fill by the president. Mudavadi picked his cousin lawyer Aggrey Shitsama, a well-known Kakamega solicitor and to be a deputy ambassador. Shitsama is a cousin of Mudavadi. The lawyer’s father and Mudavadi prevailed over Shitsama to run for Ikolomani parliamentary seat with no success.

When he was deputy prime minister, Shitsama at Mudavadi’s influence, landed the chairman’s job at Standards Tribunal. Months back, Ruto appointed his pointman in Kakamega politics Albert Mwilitsa, a former district commissioner, to replace Shitsama at the tribunal but the move came a cropper after complaints were made that Mwilitsa was not fit for the slot.

Another person who benefitted from Mudavadi in the recent appointment is George Godia, who was made Kenya’s representative to Unesco.
 During the coalition government of Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, Godia was education secretary. He was Mudavadi’s teacher at Nairobi School and a close friend of Mudavadi’s father the late Moses Budamba Mudavadi.

Godia has demonstrated a life-long dedication to and expertise in the expansion of access to education throughout the world. Having received his PhD in Education and International Relations and Master of Arts in International Affairs in Development Studies and Economics from Ohio University, Godia taught Education for over a decade at Moi University.

Godia is sought after for advice and service by officials seeking to increase access to Education for All in their own countries. Godia contributes to many organisations, ranging from the Working Group Education for All for Unesco to the Ministerial Anti-Corruption Plan Coordinating Committee, to the National Steering Committee for the Programme of Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

By involving Mudavadi in recent appointments, Uhuru and to an extent Jubilee, is out to chart a new course across the country’s political scenario. It comes hot on the heels after former cabinet minister, Eugene Wamalwa, accompanied the president during his America tour. Reports say that Wamalwa is likely to land a slot of political adviser to the presidency.
In the latest appointment, Jubilee reached out to areas that have openly rebelled and have been crying foul over government positions. The regions are Luhyaland, Ukambani Coast, Luoland and pastoral areas.

From Luo Nyanza, Maj-General Jeoff Otieno was appointed High Commissioner to Egypt, while Kisii had Sam Ongeri as the new envoy to UN Habitat.

Coast had Chirau Mwakwere land to Dar es Salaam as envoy while Kiema Kilonzo is to head to Instabul, Turkey as ambassador. Former Finance minister Njeru Githae from Kirinyaga, the hometurf of Martha Karua is heading to United States.

To infiltrate Coast Muslims and North Eastern, former ODM nominated MP Mohammed Sheikh Dor, heads to Oman with Rukia Sugow from NEP and former chairlady of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation  going to Iran.

Rukia’s nomination was brokered by powerful cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru and Cecily Mbarire. The two were influential in brokering deals in recent MYWO national polls to have a favourable Jubilee leaning office. Just days after assuming office, MYWO officials were at State House on courtesy call to Uhuru.

Jane Waikenda was nominated deputy envoy to Pretoria, South Africa. Ruto had a hand in having Joseph Magut heading to Berlin, Lucy Chelimo to Ottawa and Prof Bitok to Khartoum, Sudan.

Dr Karua is heading to Geneva. We have information that Ruto had proposed the name of a Vihiga secondary principal to be appointed.
The principal’s name was forwarded to the DP via Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu but was rejected for unknown reasons. Chanzu of late is leaning towards URP and is set to run for the county governorship on URP ticket. He is in touch with Ruto kitchen cabinet.

Reports have it that in the coming days, Uhuru is set to make a reshuffle of cabinet secretaries after one ivolving principal secretaries. A number of them are to be moved to enhance service delivery.

A hunt for new principal immigration officer to replace Waikenda is on. Uhuru also shuffled principal secretaries where Interior Affairs docket which has been in the limelight for all wrong reasons, saw Mutea Iringo moved to the less influential and less colourful defence ministry and his place taken by  Monica Juma who was Defence PS.

Mwanamaka Mabruki was also moved from the East African Affairs docket to the ministry of Devolution where she replaced John Konchellah.

Titus Ekai was moved from the ministry of Mining to the ministry of Sports taking over from Patrick Omutia who is the new Mining PS while Khadijah Kassachoon becomes the new PS ministry of Health swapping positions with Fred Segor, who was moved to the Livestock ministry.

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