Suna East MP Junet Mohammed has also joined the debate triggered by President Uhuru Kenyatta following the appointment of Fred Matiang'i as the Chairman of powerful National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.
Already, a team allied to Deputy President William Ruto has suspected 2022 succession politics in the play even as DP Ruto put on a brave face on Thursday, dismissing ill motive behind the presidential executive order.
“I have always suspected that the handshake is a poisoned chalice, and you cannot rule out succession politics in all this right now. But no one should even imagine that the Deputy President can be undermined. Both he and the President serve at the pleasure of the people who elected them in 2017,” said Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei.
Dr Matiang'i will perform among others, supervising, guiding, monitoring and communicating progress on all government projects, a task that has her under the DP.
But the Suna East MP, a close confidant of Raila Odinga, has defended the move saying it will enable the president to implement his agenda without much politics. Furthey, he says, he may move a motion in parliament to formalise the position.
“This is a noble idea. It effectively elevates Dr Matiang’i to a de facto Prime Minister. Once the House resumes from recess, I will table a motion in Parliament and mobilise MPs to formalise the position,” he said.
Dr Matiang'i has been one of the cherished ministers in Uhuru's regime and has served ICT, Lands, Education and he's now in the powerful Interior docket which he took over from Joseph Nkaissery.
The ODM party is pushing for the creation of powerful premier post and it could be that they want to use Matiang'i's new roles as a pilot study for the impending constitutional amendments through referendum.
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