Shortly after the inauguration, Dr. Ruto swung swiftly into action by executing some of the functions he had promised during his campaigns such as appointing the six judges.
However, the herculean task that the president and the deputy president are confronting is crafting the cabinet.
Between picking technocrats and rewarding loyalists, which direction will the new president use in formulating his cabinet?
William Ruto should craft a cabinet that represents the true composition of Kenya.
Another factor that will inform the composition of the cabinet is the pre-election agreements each party had while joining the Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Political analyst, Professor Munene recommended a balance between competence and interests for the coalition to be able to deliver on its promises.
He argues loyalty to Ruto and competency will be top of the requirements to be in the cabinet.
Some leaders who clinched elective posts are considering quitting their posts for cabinet positions. These include Aden Duale Garissa Town Member of Parliament, Kandara M.P Alice Wahome, and Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen. The constitution stipulates that a cabinet secretary shall not be a member of parliament.
According to the constitution, the cabinet should have a maximum of twenty-two
Cabinet Secretaries. The number capped limits William Ruto.
However, he could opt to reward his loyalists with the Chief Administrative Secretaries post controversially created during Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration
William Ruto also promised fifty percent of the cabinet seats to women.
Part of the outgoing government has also expressed interest in working with the new government. Najib Balala who has been Tourism Cabinet Secretary is subtly lobbying to be part of Ruto’s government.
Nandi Senator Cherargei asked the current cabinet secretaries not to expect positions in the new government but give space for fresh faces. The president may dismiss or re-assign a cabinet secretary.
Coalition principals Moses Wetangula has already clinched speaker of the National Assembly while Musalia Mudavadi was nominated for Prime Cabinet Secretary under Kenya Kwanza Government.