President Mwai Kibaki and PM Raila Odinga have reshuffled cabinet dropping critics from cabinet
Tourism minister Najib Balala has been dropped in a cabinet reshuffle announced today. He has been replaced by Danson Mwazo. The outspoken Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has been demoted to ministry of Education following a protracted fight with his boss Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka over the ICC cases. Mutula has insisted that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto drop their presidential ambition over ICC post election violence cases.
A new comer to the cabinet is Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa who now takes over the Justice Ministry from Mutula Kilonzo. Eugene is a member of the G7 Alliance and analyst see him as an ally in fighting ICC cases,GEMA has said they will collect two million signatures to stop the case.
Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula who jetted in yesterday from Mali after being stranded in the country following a coup has been deployed to the ministry of Trade.Wetangula still has the Japan Embassy scandal hanging on his neck and has lately been seen as leaning towards ODM.
Njeru Githae who has been acting Finance minister after the resignation of Uhuru Kenyatta now takes over the Finance ministry. He has been replaced by Jamleck Kamau at the Nairobi Metropolitan ministry.
Balala’s sacking by Raila is a move to stamp his authority in his party after the Mvita MP openly campaigned against him.But political pundits see Mwazo as a weaker choice as apointman in coast province.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE ON CABINET CHANGES
His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki in consultation with the Rt Hon Prime
Minister Raila Odinga has made the following changes in the cabinet.
1. Hon Njeru Githae – Minister of Finance
2. Hon Prof Sam Ongeri – Minister for Foreign Affairs
3. Hon Mutula Kilonzo – Minister for Education
4. Hon. Eugene Wamalwa – Minister for Justice, National Cohesion and
5. Hon Danson Mwazo –Minister for Tourism
6. Hon. Moses Wetangula – Minister for Trade
7. Hon.Chirau Ali Mwakwere – Minister for Environment
8. Hon Jamleck Kamau – Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan.
The changes take effect immediately.