Uhuru Sends All Cabinet Secretaries Home for 11 Days

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during the launch of a new youth programme, Generation Unlimited Kenya, on Thursday, August 4, 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during the launch of a new youth programme, Generation Unlimited Kenya, on Thursday, August 4, 2020
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, August 15, sent home all Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries, for a period of 11 days.

    In a memo, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua indicated that that the cabinet would not be scheduled for any engagements for the 11 days unless contacted for important matters by the president or in case of a national emergency.

    "Members of the cabinet will still be required to undertake their ministerial portfolio responsibilities and attend to any presidential engagements arising from or ancillary to their ministerial mandate," reads the memo seen by Citizen TV.

    Additionally, the next meeting would be held on September 3, 2020.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting the construction of hospitals in informal settlements on Monday 10 August 2020.
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    Further, the president annuled an order where he had barred the cabinet secretaries from travelling outside Nairobi after a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.

    "Members of the Cabinet shall be allowed to take leave from office, subject to prior approval of the President and receipt of Presidential clearance with respect to any travel by the member of Cabinet to any destination outside of the territory of the Republic of Kenya," read an excerpt of the statement.

    There have been increasing talks surrounding Uhuru's cabinet, with reports suggesting that he could reshuffle the team.

    In July, reports indicated that at least four cabinet secretaries had been marked for dismissal, all of whom were Deputy President William Ruto's allies.

    Further, sources had indicated that one of the most powerful ministers would be moved from the docket to a less influential docket.

    Tiaty MP William Kamket stated that the president had been quiet while members of the Tanga tanga faction went around the country attacking him.

    “Between William Ruto and Raila Odinga, who supports President Kenyatta? Between Gideon Moi and William Ruto, who supports the president’s agenda? The answer is clear, these two leaders are not meant to be just choir members in this government when some people viciously attack it,” Kamket posed.

    "It’s now time to kick them out and it will happen very soon," he vowed.

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    Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket speaking at a past interview
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