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Inside Uhuru’s Cabinet retreat in Taita Taveta as BBI speculations rife

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  • Uhuru will be looking to achieve a harmonious Cabinet after the retreat Taita Taveta, one which will successfully steer his agenda and deliver his legacy projects.
  • Insiders say that Uhuru will also use the podium to brief the Cabinet on the BBI report.
  • Speculations are rife that final BBI report may be released as soon as this weekend.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will today (Friday, October 16) lead a two-day retreat of the Cabinet at KWS Training Center in Manyani, Taita Taveta County.

In the meeting, President Uhuru is expected to rally Cabinet Secretaries behind his agenda in a bid to secure his legacy. Uhuru is in a race against time, with only two years remaining in his second and final term as President.

Harmonising the Cabinet

Just like the way Jubilee Party lawmakers are torn into two rival factions- Kieleweke and Tangatanga, insiders say that some of the Cabinet Secretaries cannot see eye-to-eye, with one section pleading allegiance to Uhuru while another consists of Deputy President (DP) William Ruto’s loyalists.

During last Thursday’s Cabinet meeting at State House, it is reported that some CSs took issue with DP Ruto, accusing him of holding early campaigns that in turn derailed Government’s agenda to deliver to Kenyans.

Uhuru will be looking to achieve a harmonious Cabinet after the retreat in the wilderness of Taita Taveta, one which will successfully steer his agenda and deliver his legacy projects.

DP Ruto is also expected to attend the retreat, just a day after going full throttle against his boss’s handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga in Nyamira County.

BBI report

Reports are rife that the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is likely to be released this weekend.

Political commentators and insiders say that President Uhuru will use the podium to brief the Cabinet about the BBI report. Uhuru, they say, will convince the Cabinet to accept and support the report.

But DP Ruto allies led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen have already hinted at leading ‘No Campaigns’ against a possible BBI-driven referendum.

“So the Cabinet will discuss BBI final report… and be launched in State House on Saturday? I can’t remember any other process that involves the people of Kenya that has been managed like private property even more than official secrets. Now let the campaigns begin,” tweeted Murkomen.

Uhuru to meet Parliament leadership on Saturday

After the Cabinet retreat in Tsavo, Uhuru will be meeting the leadership of both the National Assembly (NA) and Senate at State House on Saturday, October 17.

NA Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka and their deputies will attend the Saturday meeting.

Also expected to attend the meeting are NA Majority Leader Amos Kimunya and his Senate counterpart Samuel Poghisio and their deputies. The Minority leaders in the bicameral Parliament have also been invited.

Although details of the meeting are scanty, reports indicate that Uhuru will be briefing the Parliament leadership on the BBI report.

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