BBI SETTING RULES

Uhuru’s Cabinet reshuffle followed set political lines

Having a divergent opinion and voicing it is no longer tolerated

In Summary

• With the political inclinations brought about by the politics of handshake and BBI, the yardstick seems to have shifted to how loyal one is in support of the BBI. 

• As early as last year when he was appointed, Kiunjuri was accused of things that happened in the ministry way before he landed the docket. 

The handshake.
LOYALTY TO BBI: The handshake.
Image: COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta last week carried out a mini Cabinet reshuffle and reorganisation of government and state departments in what is becoming a clear pattern of hitting the roof any time a person working under him seems to be charting an independent path and political course. 

Mwangi Kiunjuri, the immediate former minister for agriculture and livestock development has been a marked man for a while. As early as last year when he was appointed, he was accused of things that happened in the ministry way before he landed the docket.

That pointed to a bigger fight than people were made to believe. But with the political inclinations brought about by the politics of handshake and BBI, the yardstick seems to have shifted to how loyal one is in support of the BBI. As I have pointed out here, all the top Cabinet secretaries and key PSs are doing politics, the only difference being which side one is supporting.

By forcing people to see things their way, the proponents of the handshake are pushing their luck to the frontiers even the presidents who ruled under the old constitutional order never dared.

Having a divergent opinion and voicing it is no longer tolerated as MPs are barred from attending functions in their areas, ostensibly on 'orders from above'- forget the fact that the Constitution bars such acts, instead stipulating that such administrative actions must be conveyed in writing and under the seal of the President.

It will remain the biggest con game of our time that a process that started as a rapprochement between the scions of the two grandmasters of Kenyan politics has turned out to be the high prized government project that everybody who wants to befriend the President must pledge loyalty to.

Kiunjuri's sin was daring to dream which irked some people but the political ramifications of his relief will be seen in days to come. 

 

Economic and political analyst