David Murathe: On Friday last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta send all cabinet Secretaries, cabinet administrative secretaries and principal secretaries to a compulsory 14 days working recess.
This move brought about wild speculations that the President was using the recess to fire cabinet secretaries allied to deputy president William Ruto in a much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. ODM director of communications Philip Etale even termed it as ‘a mother of all reshuffles’ noting that Ruto allies will not make it back to their offices after the mandatory recess.
On Sunday, a high profile anti-Ruto meeting took place at COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli’s Ildamat home. The meeting was attended by top Ruto opposers like KANU party leader Gideon Moi, Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe and Former Gatanga lawmaker Peter Kenneth.
After the meeting, a post went viral on social media that David Murathe has asked Ruto allies and nonperforming cabinet members to prepare for an axe as they will be fired in the coming cabinet reshuffle during the recess.
“Ruthless reshuffle and force-out await all the incompetent Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and Chief Administrative Secretaries and those whose allegiances lie elsewhere. The President is unstoppable in its track to deliver services,” read the statement alleged to have been made by David Murathe.
That statement added more tension to Ruto allies in Uhuru’s cabinet who have been expecting a purge for months now. Social media erupted with speculations that Uhuru will then use this chance to effect a cabinet purge after successfully purging the senate and the national assembly.
However, David Murathe has come out to share some good news with deputy president William Ruto and his allies. Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Murathe dismissed the previous statement of a possible cabinet purge terming it as fake.
He stated that no cabinet purge was cooking and that President Uhuru Kenyatta had confidence in his entire cabinet. Murathe called upon cabinet secretaries allied to DP Ruto to stop worrying and concentrate on service delivery to the Kenyan people. David Murathe further revealed that the president cannot fire a performing person simply because of their allegiances.
David Murathe’s statement concurs with that made by Statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena and chief of staff Joseph Kinyua. On Sunday, Kanze Dena issued a clarification that the working recess ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta was a normal occurrence since the cabinet members do not have annual leave.
She dismissed reports of a looming purge. Joseph Kinyua also gave out a statement on Sunday stating that the working recess issued to the cabinet was a routine occurrence. He stated that the president has confidence in his cabinet and no purge was looming.