MPs from Rift Valley and Western regions allied to Deputy President William Ruto have criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent appointments to state corporations and other government agencies.
The lawmakers argued the appointments were tribal and sidelined those who back the deputy president.
The MPs also claimed the appointments were driven by the spirit of the handshake between the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“It’s those who support the handshake or those who attack Ruto that got the jobs,” Sirisia MP John Waluke said.
He said the President is the head of the country and all Kenyans should feel part of the government through well-distributed appointments.
Most of those who benefited from the state jobs last week were former MPs.
They MPs spoke on Sunday at Nangili Girls School in Likuyani during the fundraising for churches in the area.
Present at the meeting were Waluke, MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Geoffrey Omusee (Teso South), Charles Gimose (Hamisi) and Malulu Injendi (Malava).
Others were Enock Kibunguchi (Likuyani), former Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale and DP Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet.
Mabonga said it was apparent that those who want jobs in government can only succeed by being seen to bash the DP at public meetings.
“Khwalale if you are looking for a job then you will easily get it by hitting at Ruto to please the appointing authorities, “Mabonga said.
Kibunguchi said the handshake should benefit all Kenyans if indeed it was for the good of the country.
The legislators asked Uhuru not to betray Ruto and abandon him ahead of the 2022 polls.
Jarunda News understands that supporters of the “Kieleweke” team are slated for plum appointments, where tens of them have been tapped to run key State institutions once gazetted as early as today.
Supporters of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, including Kanu and Wiper, are among the major beneficiaries of the appointments, which political watchers say may have a bearing on succession politics.
It is not clear if the DP was consulted on the sharing of the 82 positions but there are indications that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka were consulted.
Those slated for plum jobs include former MPs Dennis Waweru (chairman Kenya Investment Authority), Nicholas Gumbo (chair Kenyatta National Hospital Board), Joshua Toro (chair National Irrigation Board) and Frankline Bett (reappointed chair Agricultural Finance Corporation).
President Uhuru is showing DP Ruto that he can take care of his people kikuyu more than him. It's a good strategy to vanquish DP Ruto among the Kikuyu, we support the appointments fully. @Aaroncheruiyot @kipmurkomen
— Uduny (@ochity) May 5, 2019
Others are former MPs Ochieng Mbeo (chair Fish Marketing Authority), Dan Mwanzo (chair Kenya Ferry Service), Jamleck Kamau (chair, Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority), Shakila Abdala (Child Welfare Society) and Stephen Ngare (chair National Housing Corporation).
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Waweru and former Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe are key members of the “Kieleweke” brigade, opposed to the ascendancy of Ruto to the top seat in 2022.
The appointment of Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat as Postal Corporation of Kenya chairperson was announced last weekend, among others. Kabando wa Kabando’s position as chair Local Authority Provident Fund was announced in December.