Lobbying for top government positions has reached fever pitch with governor Kiraitu Murungi seemingly getting overwhelmed over who to endorse as Uhuru inches closer to unveiling new cabinet.
To confirm that stakes are high, the immediate former governor H. E Peter Munya who briefly joined Raila’s NASA coalition in August has withdrawn an election petition he had filed against governor Kiraitu Murungi in a bid to galvanize lobbying power to ensure he bags the CS slot earmarked for Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties
Well, it is an open secret that Lands CS Prof Jacob Kaimenyi will be dropped owing to his disastrous performance at Education and Lands portfolio.
Several Meru and Tharaka Nithi county professionals have dusted, refined and forwarded their CVs through various power brokers with many going through Governor Kiraitu and Senate deputy speaker Prof Kindiki and others reaching out directly to DP Ruto and Uhuru handlers.
Governor Munya is squaring out for a cabinet position with Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi and Former commissioner with independent boundaries commission Dr Mwenda Kiambi Makathimo.
Others tagged for top positions include immediate former Buuri MP Hon Boniface Kinoti Gatobu, statehouse advisors Jasper Mbeuki (legal) Dr Kilemi Mweria (Education), Hon Kajuju, Hon Mburi Apuri among others.
Hon Munya is seen as an unreliable ‘John come lately’ given the ferocious campaign he run against the government, DP Ruto and Jubilee party pointman Governor Kiratu Murungi. The former governor’s loyalty is questionable, he threatened to run against DP Ruto in 2022 if not given a position.
Those opposed to Munya getting a cabinet position are for the idea that the former governor is a confirmed non performer and should at best position himself for a slot in a constitutional commission, independent body or other institutions but not a weighty position and sensitive as a CS.
Others argue the CS position should be retained in the populous Imenti sub region for that is where Uhuru enjoys near fanatical following. If that will be the case then the president will most likely settle for Dr Mwenda Makathimo a reknown land economist who will naturally fit the Lands docket that was held for long by the doyen Jackson Angaine.
Hon Kinoti Gatobu is said to have a upper hand for Principal Secretary position, the youthful former MP who will turn 30 this year is a first class Bachelor Commerce graduate from the university of Nairobi and a ‘worker’ an attribute that is much needed in government in order to add value to Uhuru legacy. Being ‘clean’, scandal free with massive ground support sets him above the rest. Hon Gatobu was prevailed to drop his bid for governorship by President Uhuru paving way for Kiraitu Murungi’s victory.
Lawyer Jasper Mbeuki from Tharaka is also said to eye the PS position, having worked for the president he is likely to to appointed to represent the larger Tharaka Nithi county.
Mpuru Aburi will most likely fail his bid for EALA and will defintely get a parastatal appointment as many do not consider him a ‘CS material’ the same for former Woman Rep Hon Florence Kajuju