President Kibaki has named ODM
leader Raila Odinga the Prime Minister in a 40-member grand
The announcement has come after weeks of tense negotiations
between the two leaders.
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga after
they agreed to share power.
President Kibaki, accompanied
by Mr Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, announced the
new Cabinet in a live address to the nation from State House,
President Kibaki said that the
new cabinet will move fast to heal the nation.
"The new Cabinet will
prioritise resettlement of displaced persons so that they can
resume their normal lives and play their part in nation
Gatundu South MP Uhuru
Kenyatta and his Sabatia counterpart Musalia Mudavadi of the
government coalition and ODM respectively are the new deputy
Apart from their new postings,
Uhuru and Mudavadi were also handed Trade and Local Government
Pentagon members William Ruto
(Agriculture), Charity Ngilu (Water), Najib Balala (Tourism) and
Joe Nyaga (Cooperatives) make the list.
As expected, the government
retained the powerful portfolios: Finance (Amos Kimunya ),
Justice and Constitutional Affairs (Martha Karua), Defence (Yusuf
Haji) and Internal Security ( Prof George Saitoti).
Of the contentious ministries-
at the centre of the delayed naming of the Cabinet- Foreign
Affairs, Roads, Transport,
Energy and Local Government, ODM only filled Roads (Kipkalya
Kones) and Local Government ( Musalia Mudavadi).
The new-look Cabinet now
comprises of : President, Vice President, Prime Minister, two
deputy prime ministers and other ministers.
Prime Minister Odinga becomes
only the second person to hold the office after Jomo Kenyatta,
the first president of Kenya, served a short stint in the same
capacity at the dawn of Independence.
He will have power to
coordinate and supervise other ministries.
The naming of the new Cabinet
comes against a backdrop of sustained pressure from the
International Community, the Church, civil society, politicians
and the Kenyan public on the two leaders to agree on a final
Kenya was thrown into a
political turmoil after the December 27 presidential election
failed to produce a clear winner. The violence that followed
left more than 1,000 people dead, over 350,000 displaced and
property worth billions of shillings destroyed.
It took the intervention of
the international community, acting through the African Union,
to broker a peace deal between the two leaders in an effort led
by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
The announcement comes as a
relief to the thousand of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
-uprooted from their homes after violence broke out in the wake
of disputed presidential results - living in tented camps
countrywide, who are keen on a political settlement so that they
return to their homes.