Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko flexed his influence and authority within the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta which saw the appointment of seven Kambas in the newly restructured state parastatals.
Notable appointments include politicians Agnes Ndetei who will Chair National Drought Management Authority, Prof Philip Kaloki bagged the lucrative Kenya Medical Training College where he will serve as Chairman of the Board. Both are former MPs of Kibwezi constituency. Ndetei was instrumental in snatching advocate Kethi Kilonzo a chance to vie in the Makueni by elections. Kethi almost dislodged Uhuru from State house through her superb legal mind during the Supreme Court petition.
Another Makuenian, former MP Peter Kiilu was also appointed to Chair the Water Resource Management Authority.
According to impeccable sources, group of Kamba professionals approached the Nairobi County Senator and urged him to seek a ‘few posts for our people’ as reorganization of the government went into top gear. Sonko, among the few people with unlimited access to President Uhuru Kenyatta, is said to have told them to ‘wait and see’.
At stake were the lives of politicians and professionals who stood with President Uhuru in Ukambani during the March 4 elections when the Kamba Nation marched out of Jubilee to join CORD. Uhuru made the appointments finally, Kambas bagged seven slots (higher than Â DP Ruto’s three slots) while Mt Kenya (as usual) got the lion’s share of eleven slots. The rest of the country shared the remaining seven spoils!
Parastatal appointments has seen the influence of the Nairobi Senator skyrocket to new heights, with close aides revealing Sonko is setting his eyes on the Nairobi governorship position come 2017.
“This is a big catch for boss (sonko). I can tell you he lobbied for most of those people you see in the list. The best gift so far from President Kenyatta to boss. Watch Nairobi 2017,” said one of the ecstatic aides to the Senator.
The appointments however will be new headache for Deputy President William Ruto whose side URP (read Kalenjins) have got a paltry three slots despite calls by youthful Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter accusing the Jubilee government, especially TNA, of reneging on the 50-50 power-sharing agreement which led to the formation of the Jubilee government.
The appointments also saw opposition strongholds lose out massively with the the two other big tribes Luos, Kisiis and Luhyas getting less than 5 posts combined!
Machakos Senator Alfred Mutua is also believed to have pulled strings behind the scenes.