'There was nothing wrong': DP Gachagua speaks on President Ruto's Cabinet reshuffle

'There was nothing wrong': DP Gachagua speaks on President Ruto's Cabinet reshuffle

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in an interview with Inooro FM on October 6, 2023.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has downplayed the public concerns raised by the Cabinet reshuffle made by President William Ruto on Wednesday.

Gachagua says the reshuffle was a normal reorganization of government by the President, within his mandate, to optimize and enhance service delivery in his administration.

The deputy president also disputed the notion that the reshuffle, which came a year into the government of President William Ruto, had come so soon.

"One year is not so soon. A year is a long time. Reshuffles have always been conducted over the years. The president has the mandate to set up his government. He is the one who made the appointments and placed them in the respective dockets and in the interest of service delivery he saw it fit to effect some changes," said Gachagua in an interview with Inooro FM.

He asserted that the head of state made the reassignments by weighing the strengths of the respective Cabinet Secretaries, adding that there is no issue for instance by having the CS for Lands and Water switch roles.

DP Gachagua claims that there was no problem or mistake made by the Ministers affected by the reshuffle.

"I don't think the president has made any mistake by pointing at those individuals. If there was something wrong he would have sacked them. It is all about reorganizing his government," he said.

The DP also dismissed the perception that the reshuffle only targeted the Mt Kenya region, noting that all key dockets initially handed to the region are still intact.

He went ahead to urge all those handed duties by the President to focus on service delivery lest they will be sent packing.

President William Ruto on Wednesday night reorganized his Cabinet, in a move that saw various ministries merged and renamed.

In the move, President Ruto expanded the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary to include the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, headed by Musalia Mudavadi.

Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria was moved to the newly reconstituted and renamed Ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management.

His Foreign and Diaspora Affairs counterpart Alfred Mutua, on his part, was reassigned to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

The President established a new docket for the Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts and Heritage, which will be headed by Aisha Jumwa.

Ruto further reconstituted and renamed the Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Arts and Sports, to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and will remain under Ababu Namwamba who was not affected by the reshuffle.

Rebecca Miano will replace Kuria at the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, leaving the Ministry of East African Community, the ASALs and Regional Development to Peninah Malonza.

Alice Wahome heads over to the Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, switching positions with Zachariah Njeru who now takes over the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation.


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