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Riggy G reacts to Cabinet reshuffle

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has quelled speculations among Kenyans regarding the cabinet reshuffle, notably the new roles assigned to Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and the changes in responsibilities for certain cabinet secretaries.

In a tweet on the X platform, the second in command said that there was no need to read too much from the reshuffle as it was just a reorganization meant for effective service delivery.

He wrote, “It is the prerogative of the President to organize and reorganize his team. President William Ruto just reorganized his team for effective delivery of service. There is no one who was removed from office. There is no need to read too much into the President’s reshuffle. I kindly ask those who were given new mandates to work with diligence and commitment and ensure that their work is visible to the public.”

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On October 4, 2023, Dr Ruto made significant changes to his cabinet, assigning the Foreign Affairs portfolio, previously under Dr Alfred Mutua, to the Prime Cabinet Secretary’s office overseen by Musalia Mudavadi.

This shift in responsibility for Mudavadi led to a buzz among Kenyans on social media, with many speculating that he might be groomed as President Ruto’s running mate for the 2027 elections.

Dr Mutua was appointed to head the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Meanwhile, Moses Kuria transitioned from the Trade Ministry to the Public Service Ministry. Alice Wahome was reassigned from the Water and Irrigation Ministry to the Lands Ministry. Aisha Jumwa shifted from the Public Service Ministry to take charge of the Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts, and Heritage.

Rebecca Miano transitioned from the East African Community and ASALs Ministry to the Trade Ministry, while Zachariah Njeru moved from the Lands Ministry to the Water and Irrigation Ministry. Lastly, Peninah Malonza transitioned from the Tourism and Wildlife Ministry to oversee the East African Community and ASALs Ministry.

Early August, President Ruto while speaking during the signing of performance contracts at State House scolded some CSs and Principal Secretaries who he said were clueless about what was happening in their respective departments and ministries.

“You are the PS or the minister and you don’t have information, how do you run a ministry, a department, or a parastatal if you have no information? That is the highest level of incompetence,” he said.