All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ - Edmund Burke

April 7, 2008

Vol 6 No 2

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Kibaki names Raila PM in new Cabinet

Publication Date: 4/13/2008
President Kibaki has named ODM leader Raila Odinga the Prime Minister in a 40-member grand coalition Cabinet.
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga after they agreed to share power.
The announcement has come after weeks of tense negotiations between the two leaders.

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, Nairobi.

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 building." 

Gatundu South MP Uhuru Kenyatta and his Sabatia counterpart Musalia Mudavadi of the government coalition and ODM respectively are the new deputy prime ministers.

Apart from their new postings, Uhuru and Mudavadi were also handed Trade and Local Government dockets respectively.

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 list. 

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. 

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