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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Loss for women in newlook bloated coalition cabinet

Kenya's poorly kept secret is in the streets. A draft of the bloated coalition cabinet is in our hands. Changes may be made but we expect this to be retained to a large extent in the newlook club of men in a country where women make up 52% of the population. And the biggest casualties: women and the youth. In a cabinet that is meant to appease the aggrieved ODM and the thieving PNU, bandit president Kibaki is expected to announce the coalition cabinet once parliament rubber-stamps the peace and reconciliation accord that was penned between him and Raila. Parliament is currently going through the ritual of giving it a nod. Mr Kibaki is personally in attendance to ensure that the new lease of life that he bought by disappointing his stony brigade in PNU does not fall flat on its face.

The movers and shakers are therein and notably William Ruto is set to land the coveted and contract-rich ministry of Roads & Public Works currently held by Kimendeero John the-rattlesnake-Me-Chuki. Michuki is set to retire from the cabinet and assume the role of an untouchable power-broker. We suspect he hates to be curtailed by the legal and constitutional requirement to report to the peoples' president Raila Odinga whose new stature is sure to eclipse the hands-off, feet-off, eyes-off style (or lack) for which bandit president Kibaki is known.

Set to lose their positions are Muthaura whose docket is likely to go to the respected Nobel Prize winner for 2004 Wangari Maathai. Mr Paul Muite can lick his wounds back to government to head the public prosecutions docket while the experienced Dr Sally Jepng'etich Kosgei is set to return at the apex of the Public Service as the Minister in Charge.
The other losers are set to be bandit veep and traitor-in-chief Kalonzo Musyoka who will retain a depreciated VP's slot without anything else. Musalia Mudavadi is likely to return to where he was at the height of the Goldenberg scam, to double up as minister for Finance in a trade-off that is likely to leave PNU grinding their teeth.

Mama Rainbow, Charity Kaluki Ngilu is set to make a sensational return to Afya House as the minister for Health in answer to our earlier prayer. She confirms Anyang Nyong'o pronouncement last year that she was ODM's first Minister.

As we await the confirmation of this list, we can only ask the notorious thieves who are known to dip their jiggers-infested fingers to keep off the jars of government finances. As we have declared before, we will watch out for you and we have earmarked some ten ministries that we shall watch closely. Known thieves are heading back to a weakened government and we contemplate that the fight against corruption is likely to take a back seat as the protagonists outdo each other while trying to recoup their loses.
Notable first entrants to the cabinet include James Orengo who led the ODM mediation team of legal experts. He is set to fly the flag some 30 years after his maiden entry to parliament in the '70s. Mungiki-backed firebrand and former UoN students leader Kabando wa Kabando is set to enter the cabinet after he floored Mutahi Kagwe in acrimonious elections in Lucy Kibaki's native Mukurweini constituency. The trappings of power are sure to entice the two and particularly Jimmy whose checkered political life includes a sojourn in the cold after showing signs of standing up to Luoland's foremost kingmaker and Peoples' President Raila Odinga.
We are sad that this trend is unlikely to be reversed in a country where every MP wants to fly the flag. What we can foresee for sure is an even bloated list of assistant ministers in an attempt at geo-ethnic balance. The Kenyan tax-payer is yet to see the last of politicians, one commission after another is formed to investigate themselves and hoard evidence of government and state impropriety with no action in sight.
If allowed to stand, this list is definitely an insult to the electorate who were bombarded with commitments to gender and age considerations in appointments. It will be hard for the thieving PNU and the pro-reform ODM to convince anybody that having only three women in the cabinet at colourless positions is commitment to the welfare of women. Indeed, PNU will be making a blunder if they do not consider a woman for the DPM's slot. It need not be Ms Karua. PNU has Dr Shabaan, and Kenda's Chebii Kilimo.
Bado mapambano.
1. President - Emillio Mwai wa Kibaki
2. Prime Minister - Eng. Raila Amollo Odinga
3. Vice President - Kalonzo Musyoka
4. First Deputy Prime Minister & Minister For Finance -Musalia Mudavadi.
5. Second Deputy Prime Minister & Minister For Internal Security - Kiraitu Murungi
6. Minister For Planning - Amos Kimunya
7. Minister For Justice & Human Rights - James Orengo
8. Minister For Constitutional Affairs - Martha Karua
9. Minister For Roads & Public Works - William Ruto
10. Minister For Co-operative Development - Sam Ongeri
11. Minister For Education for Higher Education - Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong'o
12. Minister For Education for Basic Education - John Munyes
13. Minister For Housing - Kabando Wa Kabando
14. Minister For Foreign Affairs - Moses Wetangula
15. Minister For Science & Technology - Prof George Muthengi Saitoti
16. Minister For Defence - Joseph Nkaisery
17. Minister For Special Programmes - Dr. Naomi Shaaban
18. Minister For Local Government - Uhuru Kenyatta
19. Minister For Environment & Natural Resources - Henry Kosgey
20. Minister For Communication, Information & Broadcasting - Joseph Nyagah
21. Minister For Water & Irrigation - Omingo Magara
22. Minister For Livestock - Samuel Poghisio
23. Minister For Trade - Soita Shitanda
24. Minister For Fisheries - Dalmas Otieno
25. Minister For Youth Affairs - Danson Mungatana
26. Minister For Gender Affairs - Mohammed Kuti
27. Minister For Sports - Musa Sirma
28. Minister For Agriculture - Bonny Khalwale
29. Minister For Energy-Mwangi Kiunjuri
30. Minister For Health - Charity Ngilu
31. Minister For Lands-Noah Wekesa
Minister For Home Affairs - Chris Okemo
33. Minister For Transport - Chirau Mwakwere
34. Minister For Regional Development - Dr Wilfred Machage
35. Minister For Tourism - Najib Balala
36. Minister For Labour - Alfred Khangati
37. Minister For East African Community - Mutula Kilonzo
38. Minister For Public Service - Dr Sally Kosgei
39. Attorney General - Amos Wako
40. Head Of Public Prosecutions - Paul Muite
41. Secretary To The Cabinet & Head of Civil Service -Wangari Maathai
We can only ask a question: What is Attorney General Amos Wako doing in this reform government?