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- President Uhuru is chairing a two-day Cabinet retreat in Manyani.
- DP Ruto is also in attendance, a day after blaming Uhuru-Raila Handshake for derailing Gov’t projects.
- After the meeting, Uhuru will meet Parliament leadership at State House on Saturday.
Kenyans were waiting eagerly to see whether or not Deputy President (DP) William Ruto would attend a two-day Cabinet retreat at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani, Taita Taveta County.
But why were Kenyans waiting anxiously on an otherwise obvious phenomenon? It is public knowledge that President Uhuru Kenyatta has fallen out with his deputy. If last Saturday’s body language between Uhuru and Ruto during the National Prayer Service at State House is anything to go by, indeed the two are not on so good terms.
As Uhuru was giving a Thai wai greeting to the clergy present at the end of the service, Ruto stood, staring helplessly but did not receive one from the first in command.
The relationship between the once inseparable political kingpins in their own rights started going south after the Handshake between President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
DP Ruto’s rally in Nyamira County yesterday drew a defiant, careless figure not mincing his words in speaking against Uhuru-Raila Handshake and the subsequent BBI.
But the DP is present in Taita Taveta and was among those who received Uhuru as he arrived.
Composition of the Cabinet
The Cabinet of Kenya is made up of the President, Deputy President, Attorney General, and Cabinet Secretaries. The 2010 Constitution of Kenya allows a maximum of 22 ministries. A Cabinet Secretary is not a Member of the Kenyan Parliament and has to be vetted by a parliamentary committee before their appointment.
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani where he is scheduled to Chair a Cabinet meeting, receive progress reports of several national security sector technology projects and preside over an innovation exhibition by young Kenyan techies. pic.twitter.com/Q95J3kL5zQ
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) October 16, 2020