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Facts DP Ruto should take home from Matiang'i's appointment

Monicah Osundwa
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto at a past event. [Source/Jubilee Party/Twitter]

 Kenyans have been wondering what the appointment of CS Matiang'i means to the Deputy President. 

The CS was given superpowers and roles that seem to demean the DPs powers. 

He is to chair a powerful committee, National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee, of which the DP is not a member.

Kenyans, as usual, have taken to social media to air their mixed reactions regarding the appointment and what it may mean for the DPs 2022 political plans.

Some say it is a big blow to him as he now has no powers to launch any government projects, a strategy that he has often used in his campaign ahead of the 2022 elections.

It is in public domain that the DP has been visiting various counties and launching different government projects that have given him credit.

But the recent appointment giving Matiang'i more roles is a slap in his face for he now has to report to the CS before commencing any project.

Some have laughed off at the DP saying it is ironical for the second in command to have little powers.

The question is, if the very roles have been assigned to someone else, what remains for the DP? 

Some think that by the president appointing Matiang'i to be a super minister, it might be a trick to avoid holding cabinet meetings with his deputy.

On his twitter handle, the Uasin Gishu senator Kipchumba Murkomen congratulated the president for the executive order hoping it will yield more coordination in service delivery and accountability to the Kenyan people.

On the other hand, former Kakamega senator Dr. Boni Khalwale on his Twitter account urged the media to stop distorting the constitution saying according to article 147 and 134,the DP is not expected to hold any other state or public office therefore Matiang'i's appointment doesn't deny Ruto powers as the newspapers put it.

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