Ruto to also get 4 Cabinet slots after joining NASA

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Chama Cha Mashinani's Isaac Ruto (r). PHOTO: RAO

The National Super Alliance (NASA) five principals, including the newest entrant, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, have agreed to share Cabinet positions equally among themselves, if they win the August 8 polls.

According to them, no tribe will dominate the others, that the face of Kenya will be represented by the Opposition coalition.

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NASA leaders in a Bomet Rally on February 4, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER

These fresh details on how the alliance plans to share power emerged on Wednesday, April 19.

Although it has not been told which portfolios each party would get, multiple sources, including trusted lieutenants of the principals, confirmed of the broad sharing of Cabinet seats.

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“They are sure of the 22 Cabinet positions provided for in the Constitution. Anything else that cannot be guaranteed will be agreed after elections,” the Star quoted an unidentified source.

Later today (Thursday, April 20), the Bomet Governor will be introduced as the fifth Nasa principal at the Bomas of Kenya. He signed a pre-election deal with the other four and will too get a slice of the cake.

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According to reports, the principals; ODM’s Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), their Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula and Ruto, will each get four Cabinet posts that must be filled by people from different tribes.

The idea here is to create an environment where all tribes are equally represented in government.

Apart from the Cabinet Secretaries, the Principal Secretaries will too come from different communities as the Opposition coalition hopes to accommodate most of the 42 tribes in government.

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The principals have however not discussed the two remaining Cabinet slots and other positions until after the polls. Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate and majority leaders in both houses are some of the constitutional seats whose occupants will be discussed after the General Election that is just four months away.