Kagwe, 2 Cabinet Secretaries Hold Secret Meeting on Uhuru Succession

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Kagwe (Left) and his Interior CS Fred Matiang'i pictured during the meeting with Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia on June 15, 2020.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Kagwe (Left) and his Interior CS Fred Matiang'i pictured during the meeting with Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia on June 15, 2020.
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  • Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and his ICT and Transport counterparts ,Joe Mucheru and James Macharia, held a meeting on Sunday, July 19 on President Uhuru Kenyatta's succession.

    The closed door meeting was hosted at Embu Senator's Njeru Ndwiga's home in Rwika, Mbeere South and was regarded as top secret.

    The meeting marked the continuation of the search for President Uhuru Kenyatta's successor as the Mount Kenya region kingpin.

    Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking in Parliament
    Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking in Parliament
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    Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho was also present at the meeting alongside Embu Governor Martin Wambora, his Meru counterpart Kiraitu Murungi and Nyeri's Mutahi Kahiga.

    No Member of Parliament (MP) or Member of County Assembly (MCA) from the region was reported to have attended the meeting.

    Mount Kenya politics in the context of the on going Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the handshake is said to have featured heavily in the meeting.

    Mutahi Kagwe and his team from the Ministry of Health failed to read the daily Covid-19 update on Sunday, July 19.

    Notably, the meeting comes after Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang'ata endorsed former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth as the successor of Uhuru in the region.

    "If the president wants to reconstitute his Cabinet, let him consider one of us who is Peter Kenneth. We are rallying behind him. We know he can do a good job," noted Kang'ata.

    The Murang'a Senator made a u-turn after earlier warning Kenneth against engaging in succession politics citing the timing not being right.

    A similar meeting was also held on Wednesday, July 8 at a Nairobi Hotel and was led by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

    Also present in the four-hour meeting was Governors Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) , Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Amos Kimunya (National Assembly Majority Leader), Peter Kenneth (former Gatanga MP), Senator Charles Kibiru (Kirinyaga) and Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki.

    According to Kiraitu, the meeting was convened to appreciate President Uhuru Kenyatta for the appointment of Amos Kimunya as the National Assembly Majority Leader.

    Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata addresses journalist in 2019
    Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata addresses journalist in 2019
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