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Uhuru Convenes First Cabinet Meeting in Over a Year

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to chair a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, May 12, the first in a period of one year. 

    Sources privy to the matter disclosed to the media that the meeting will discuss key issues of national importance, barely three months before a new government takes over.

    Further, the leaders will also deliberate on the adoption of government policies as well as assess their effectiveness. 

    nterior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i addresses the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers on April 27, 2022..jpg (3
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i addresses the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers on April 27, 2022.
    Ministry of Interior

    All eyes will be on Deputy President William Ruto and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) allied ministers on whether they’ll show up at the meeting as required by law. 

    According to Chapter 9 article 152 of the Constitution, the Cabinet constitutes the President, his deputy, the Attorney General and at least 14 Cabinet Secretaries. 

    During the one-year hiatus, the leaders have been attending routine meetings every Tuesday, chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

    In the past, politicians had expressed growing concerns over the lack of accountability in the government’s administration- pointing out that such issues would be ironed out in Cabinet meetings that ought to be convened every Thursday. 

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    The last time President Kenyatta chaired the meeting was February 18, 2021, whereby they collectively discussed the Vision 2030 project as well as Jubilee’s Big 4 Agenda. 

    Since the last meeting, over 19 bills have been introduced at the National Assembly- hence signalling the vital role played by Cabinet meetings whereby the leaders discuss and approve government policies before they are implemented. 

    The February 2021 meeting saw the Head of State break the norm and involve the Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) and Principal Secretaries who gave their input on matters policies. 

    The meeting comes on the backdrop of the fallout between President Kenyatta and his deputy which has led a strained relationship that has dragged on during the better part of Jubilee’s second term. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) greets his deputy William Ruto at Parliament buildings on Monday, April 25, 2022
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) greets his deputy William Ruto at Parliament buildings on Monday, April 25, 2022
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