Members of Parliament (MPs) affiliated to the Kenya Kwanza coalition urged Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, to fire all State officers who campaigned against President William Ruto’s election.
During the Kenya Kwanza Parliamentary Group on Monday, December 5, the MPs argued that the leaders vouched for the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and his handshake partner, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Furthermore, the MPs asked the President and his deputy to target top parastatal heads directly involved in anti-Kenya Kwanza campaigns.
According to the sources, the decision was ratified at the closed-door meeting.
Newly elected Gatundu South member of parliament Gabriel Kagombe.
Gatundu South, MP Gabriel Kagombe, indicated that working with the provincial administrators who campaigned against the current government would be difficult.
“How do you work with someone who was just fighting with you in the last few months?” Kagombe wondered.
Sources in the closed-door meeting detailed that several MPs singled out the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Maalim Mohamed, and his Wajir counterpart Jacob Narengo.
Others targeted by the move included the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Director General Silas Kinoti, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang, Stephen Kihara of Uasin Gishu, and Erastus Mbui of Nakuru.
However, a section of the MPs agitated for a professional restructuring of the Provincial Administration to prevent instances where State officers become partisan during the election period.
The move was championed despite the DP claiming to have forgiven all State officers who campaigned against Ruto in the August 9 elections.
“Ruto and I are Christians. We do not intend to go after anyone. People went around hurling insults at us, but we have forgiven them.
“We acknowledge that the election is over, and we have work to do,” Gachagua stated on Friday, November 18, while addressing mourners in Tharaka Nithi County.
Rather than firing some employees associated with Raila, the government pressured them into resigning or forming a tribunal to probe their conduct.
Former director of criminal investigations, George Kinoti, and commissioners of the Independent electoral and boundaries commission Juliana Cherera and Justus Nyang’aya resigned from office owing to the pressure and criticism.
President William Ruto joins congregants during an Interdenominational Prayer service at the University of Embu, Embu County on December 4, 2022.
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