Ruto convenes roadmap meeting of Kenya Kwanza electees

Session at his Karen residence will bring together all politicians who won seats

In Summary
  • Ruto will on Wednesday hold a meeting with all elected Kenya Kwanza leaders as he takes charge of the coalition ahead of swearing-in.
  • The session is one of the many regional sittings lined up to brief on his agenda before Parliament, county assemblies convene next month.
President-elect William Ruto speaks at Bomas of Kenya on August 15
RUTO: President-elect William Ruto speaks at Bomas of Kenya on August 15

President-elect William Ruto will on Wednesday meet all elected leaders of Kenya Kwanza as he firms up his agenda ahead of his swearing-in.

The bonding meeting is one of many other regional meetings he has lined up to brief his troops on his agenda before Parliament and county assemblies convene next month.

The meeting at the Deputy President's Karen residence will bring together all elected governors, senators and MPs allied to the coalition.

Azimo-One Kenya coalition will also have a similar meeting on Wednesday.

In a notice on Tuesday, UDA secretary general Veronica Maina said the session will also be attended by Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua.

“The President-elect and the Deputy President-elect will soon be convening regional inaugural caucus meetings for all MCAs elected through the parties of the Kenya Kwanza coalition,” Maina said.

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula, PAA's Amason Kingi and outgoing National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi will attend.

In last week's general election, Kenya Kwanza Alliance bagged 22 governor positions with polls postponed in Kakamega and Mombasa counties to August 23 because of errors in ballot papers.

Azimio clinched 21, while two were elected as independents.

In terms of numerical strength, Kenya Kwanza managed 159 members of the National Assembly against Azimio la Umoja's 162 MPs.

Independent MPs and those who belong to other parties are only 14. Elections in four constituencies were deferred to a later date.

The Star has established Ruto will use Wednesday's key meeting to thank the coalition members for their dedication and sacrifices.

President-elect Ruto is expected to make it clear the coalition plans to take over the leadership of the Council of Governors.

The CoG is a statutory body that brings together all the 47 elected governors and has significant influence at the national level.

The coalition hopes it will capture the two remaining governor seats in Mombasa and Kakamega to give it clear command of the council. The group will elect a chairperson, vice  chairperson and chairpersons of committees.

Apart from giving a clear roadmap on the work cut out for his administration once he is sworn in, the President-elect is also expected to disclose his leadership line-up for Parliament.

The positions of the National Assembly Speaker and his or her Senate counterpart are some of the powerful posts in Parliament that formed the basis of his agreement with Kenya Kwanza partners.

According to the agreement deposited with the Registrar of Political parties, the National Assembly Speaker was reserved for Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetang'ula.

The Senate speaker is said to have been tentatively handed to Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi of the PAA party.

Other positions includeMajority leaders and Majority Whips in the bicameral House.

The DP had promised radical proposals that he intends to push. He will rely on a strong parliamentary leadership to ensure the proposals pass solidly to anchor his revolutionary hustler national agenda.

On Monday, the President-elect said he has lined up a raft of executive orders that he will sign immediately he takes office after being sworn in.

If there is no petition challenging his election, Ruto could be sworn in later this month to take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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