The 2nd in command is usually the Deputy President, who acts as the President when the president travels abroad. However, this has not happened while President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are traveling to China. It is believed that CS Matiang’i is now in charge of the government.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as Chairperson of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.
The appointment means the no-nonsense CS is now in-charge of delivery of all National Government programmes and projects and reports directly to the Head of State.
Departing for China to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation where I shall make the case for synergies in infrastructure planning and development by embracing international standards. pic.twitter.com/J1IWdKjmVh
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) April 23, 2019
The president delegated the powers to Matiang’i in an Executive Order that for the first time in the history of Kenya handed a CS an expansive responsibility to chair and coordinate government development programmes and projects.
It is now clear that the 2nd in command in Kenya as President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila are traveling in China is CS Matiang’i. The president’s move, however, is drawing mixed reaction from a cross section of leaders with some of Deputy President William Ruto allies saying it is a move to undermine the DP.
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) April 15, 2019
African Union envoy Raila Odinga left the country for China to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation that opened yesterday.
Raila, who is the High Representative for Infrastructure Development for the African Union, will seek to promote practical international co-operation in the areas of roads, railways, ports, maritime and inland water transport, aviation, energy, fibre optics and information and communication technology.
Raila joined President Uhuru Kenyatta, who traveled to China on Monday, in negotiating a Sh368 billion loan to build the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The Jubilee administration is seeking funds to extend the railway line to Naivasha, then to Kisumu and subsequently Uganda to ease trade within the region.
Raila had earlier disclosed to Kenyans that he would be in the presidential entourage to the Asian country to lobby for more money to complete the project.
“I will be part of the delegation that will accompany the President to China next week. The new SGR line will extend from Naivasha to Narok, Bomet, Sondu and finally Kisumu,” Raila said.
The phase from Naivasha to Kisumu will cost Sh360 billion.
Another Sh170 billion will be needed to connect the railway line to Malaba from Kisumu. The SGR line will not pass Eldoret as earlier planned. And this has angered DP Ruto.