Why Atwoli is not happy with President Kenyatta


The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for ‘delaying’ to unveil his full list of cabinet nominees.

Speaking at a burial ceremony at Ilesi Village in Shinyalu, Kakamega County last weekend, Mr Atwoli referred to President Kenyatta as a “weak leader” for failing to craft a cabinet, a task, he says, should not take more than four weeks.

“Crafting a dream cabinet is a very easy task, yet it is taking him (President Kenyatta) three to four weeks to put together his cabinet list. He is a weak leader, Uhuru is a weak leader. He is allowing people harbor suspicion on how he is going about his business. He should not exhibit his weakness by delaying to name his cabinet. There’s a lot of anxiety among Kenyans on which people would be named as cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries. Fraudulent people are thriving in such an environment (to con those hopeful of landing cabinet slots),” said Mr Atwoli.

Two weeks ago, President Kenyatta retained six CSs, including Dr Fred Matiang’i (Interior, Education), James Macharia (Transport), Charles Keter (Energy), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Najib Balala (Tourism) and Henry Rotich (Treasury).

He also appointed former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani, former Turkana Senator John Munyes and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko into the Cabinet, though they were not allocated ministries.

The fate of 13 CSs, who served between 2013 and 2018, remain unknown.

Until the new list of cabinet ministers and their principal secretaries is unveiled, all the CSs and PSs continue to serve in their respective ministries, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said.

The Constitution allows the President to appoint up to 22 Cabinet Secretaries. He therefore has 13 slots to fill.

Reports suggested President Kenyatta was expected to name the full Cabinet before leaving the country for South Africa on January 11, but he shelved the plan after what was said to be inconclusive talks with Deputy President William Ruto.

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