, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – The National Alliance (TNA) party Chairman Johnson Sakaja has said that losers in the March 4 General Election will not be rewarded with Cabinet or government positions.
Sakaja on Wednesday stated that positions would not be given to political cronies, even as Najib Balala, Charity Ngilu and Professor Sam Ongeri wait on the sidelines after they failed to capture various seats they were gunning for in the polls.
He said the Jubilee coalition was looking to fill the various positions available with competent individuals who can ensure the coalition achieves the plans it laid out in its manifesto.
“The Cabinet Secretaries who will be appointed will deserve those jobs and no one is likely to be appointed just because they supported Jubilee in the election,” Sakaja said.
President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is to appoint between 14-22 Cabinet Secretaries to serve in his government. He is also likely to make several changes affecting the Head of Civil Service Office, State House Comptroller among others and already lobbying for the posts is at a high gear.
Sakaja assured that the coalition would give more prominence to the youth and politicians with a wealth of experience over intellectuals with little influence in government appointments.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Cheche show Sakaja said the Jubilee coalition was open to talks with all who wanted to support and work with the new government. He said the engagements would be aimed at ensuring the Jubilee coalition gets the majority in Parliament and the Senate.
He disclosed that they were particularly eager to work with the Amani coalition led by Musalia Mudavadi to be able to control the two houses.
“Whether it’s KANU, UDF we are ready to have a coalition with them but we will have to look at the numbers they will give us in the houses and the influence they have on the ground,” Sakaja stated.
He further added that the Jubilee coalition would respect the decision by the Supreme Court in case a petition is filed by the Coalition for Restoration of Democracy challenging Kenyatta’s election as Kenyans fourth president.