Top politicians who will set agenda 2018
6 months ago, 2 Jan 07:10
In a rather unusual spectre of Kenyan politics, the country seems stuck in a rut, unable to move on despite holding elections three months ago. Hence, 2018 will be a continuation of the unfinished business of political realignment and positioning for the 2022 succession race. Although President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to name his Cabinet in the coming weeks, the delay has fed into the prolonged political stand-off with NASA, which will continue to dominate the first quarter of the year. The confusing signals from NASA leader Raila Odinga on his threatened swearing-in pretty much defines what happens in the political arena amid signs of hushed behind-the-scenes negotiations by emissaries. Sources confided in the Star that if no progress towards dialogue and resolution of political questions will have been made by Thursday, Kenyatta will proceed to unveil his list of Cabinet nominees, implementing his Big Four agenda in earnest. Apart from the education sector reforms that roll out this week, the mews agenda will be dictated by politics with the usual players. Uhuru Kenyatta The President, having won his second and final term, walks into the new year determined to leave a legacy amid tough economic times occasioned by hotly contested and protracted polls. In his Sunday night New Year message at State House, Nairobi, Uhuru failed to state when he will nominate his Cabinet. "In the next few weeks, I will unveil the men and women to whom I will entrust delivery of the Big Four, and other programs to transform this country," he said. Uhuru added, "I expect these men and women to serve Kenyans without partiality and with the very highest standard of integrity and efficiency. They must prove themselves worthy of the trust Kenyans will have bestowed on them." According to sources within the presidency, Uhuru is likely to forward the list of CSs and PSs to Parliament at the end of this week. It has been ready since last month. "The list was to go to Parliament before it adjourned for recess. But media wrote speculative stories with some names and both the President and DP decided to shelve the whole thing," a highly placed source told the Star. Before adjourning, MPs changed the procedure for submitting the nominees to the House. They approved a motion by Majority leader Aden Duale allowing Speaker Justin Muturi to directly forward the names to the Committee on Appointments. This means the whole House need not be recalled. Raila Odinga Despite ending the year in political suspense, he still tops the list of people whose actions will define the political terrain. The opposition chief has already pledged to lead protests and civil disobedience if President Kenyatta doesn't heed his calls for dialogue on electoral justice. “Within the first week of the New Year, we will unveil a program for civil disobedience, peaceful protests, non-cooperation with and resistance to an illegitimate regime, in addition to People’s Assemblies,” Raila said in his New Year's message. Raila has repeated that he ...
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