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Anxiety as seven cabinet secretaries set to quit government

A powerful Cabinet sub-committee met yesterday to assess President Uhuru Kenyatta’s signature projects amid a cloud of uncertainty around ministerial resignations expected between today and next Tuesday.The meeting of the National Development Implementation and Communication Committee, which was chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, is said to have reviewed progress in the implementation of the Big Four agenda projects amid fears that several Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries.

Starting today, Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) and other high-ranking government officials planned to submit their resignation letters.CASs Beatrice Elachi (Public Service), John Mosonik (Petroleum), and Gideon Mung’aro (Devolution) appeared to lift the lid on the impending resignations when they said they had already handed in their resignation letters and were awaiting acceptance by the appointing authority during an early morning television show.
“Personally, I tendered my resignation and I’m waiting to exit by February 8. But I know majority of us in government have also tendered (their) resignations and are waiting directions from the appointing authority,” said Elachi.Several Cabinet Secretaries, including Ukur Yatani (National Treasury), Charles Keter (Devolution), Peter Munya (Agriculture), Simon Chelugui (Labour), Sicily Kariuki (Water) and John Munyes (Mining) were set to hand in their resignation any moment starting today. But when contacted, the ministers were non-committal on when, or if, they will resign.
“If the CS is going to resign, he will do it in public,” said an aide of Keter, who is said to be eyeing the Kericho governorship on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket. Yatani’s aide declined to comment on the matter while Chelugui, who is seeking to unseat Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis, also remained cagey on the issue, only saying that “I will pronounce myself on the matter when the right time comes”.
Last week, Chelugui told a delegation from Baringo County, “I’ll examine your desire to run for governor, but for now, let me continue executing my duties as CS until the proper moment arrives.”According to sources close to Yatani, intricate efforts were being made to get him backed by his Gabra community to run for governor of Marsabit in the August 9 elections. Kariuki, on the other hand, is rumored to be pursuing the Nyandarua governorship currently held by Francis Kimemia, while Munyes is eyeing the Turkana governorship currently held by outgoing Josephat Nanok.
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