Does Kaimenyi stand chance in Kenyatta’s second term?

January 11, 2018 12:27 pm
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In President Kenyatta’s first term, Kaimenyi served first as the Education Cabinet Secretary before being moved to the lands docket/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – After President Uhuru Kenyatta named six members of the previous Cabinet he wishes to retain in his second term, Kaimenyi was among 13 Cabinet Secretaries who were left out.

However, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu stated that no one had been fired.

According to political analyst Herman Manyora, Kaimenyi stands very little chance in President Kenyatta’s government, saying he has not done a lot in the ministry to guarantee him a second chance.

“Kaimenyi has served in Education and Lands Ministry but his effect has not been felt in either of the ministries. It would have been easier for him if he brought in reforms during his service,” stated Manyora.

Manyora said that Kaimenyi is among CSs who will have no effect if dropped by the President as long as the community he comes from is not left out in the appointments.

“If the President rewards another person from the same community with a slot in the Cabinet no one will feel the absence of Mr Kaimenyi,” said Manyora.

According to Manyora, Peter Munya stands a better chance to get a slot in Kenyatta’s government to replace Kaimenyi.

“Munya is among those people that President Kenyatta promised to give key appointments in his second term; those people might likely replace those ministers who were not named in the first list,” said Manyora.

After Uhuru Kenyatta’s win was upheld by Supreme Court, a section of Njuri Ncheke elders asked the President not to include Kaimenyi in his new Cabinet saying he underperformed.

However another section of Kenyans like Moses Mokeira feel that the CS made remarkable milestones in the Lands docket.

“Kaimenyi is a silent technocrat who has initiated and implemented several reform agendas in the Lands docket. One does not need to appear in the media every day to prove that he is working,” said Mokeira.

Undeniably, there is no other issue in Kenya that elicits so much anger, fear and fiery confrontation as the ownership of land. In fact, historical land injustices in this country have remained a deep-seated problem.

During a Lands Summit at State House in November 2016, Kaimenyi highlighted issuance of millions of title deeds as one of his greatest achievements in the sector.

In measuring the government’s achievement in the land sector, Prof Kaimenyi said the ministry has boosted the registration and issuance of title deeds from a total of 5.6 million since independence (from 1963 to June 2013 averaging to 112,000 per year) by adding a further 2.4 million in 2013/2014 to the first quarter of 2016/2017 (800,000 per year).

The CS also cited how his ministry had done more in surveying and maintenance of Kenya’s National and International Borders as compared to all the achievements of all previous governments combined.

Kaimenyi outlined another achievement as the launch of National Land Information Management System (NLIMS).

He had also promised to have all schools issued with title deeds.

However some of his reforms in the lands sector are unparalleled, Manyora believes Kaimenyi’s fate is already sealed.

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