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Fool’s Paradise: How DP Ruto Played Mudavadi, Wetangula, in Kenya Kwanza Coalition Agreement

| Presidential flag bearer and running mate positions are reserved for UDA party

An elaborate primary document on DP William Ruto-led Kenya Kwanza coalition agreement was deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties on Sunday night.

Drawn by Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kithure Kindiki, the document outlines how they will relate before, during and after the general election, as well as power-sharing and government structures should they clinch the presidency.

Kenya Kwanza Agreement: Presidential Flag Bearer

In the power structure outlined in the Kenya Kwanza coalition agreement, the presidential flag bearer position is reserved for United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party headed by DP William Ruto.

The running mate slot is also reserved for UDA, particularly for the Mt. Kenya region.

 Kenya Kwanza Agreement: What Mudavadi, Wetangula and Kingi Get

The Kenya Kwanza power deal allocates Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi the Prime Cabinet Secretary slot if Ruto clinches the presidency in the August State House race.

The National Assembly Speaker’s seat is reserved for Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and his Ford Kenya party, according to the coalition’s agreement.

The Senate speaker’s slot is allocated to Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi.

Part of the priority development projects negotiated by Mudavadi and Wetangula in the coalition agreement includes the completion of all incomplete or stalled bitumen roads, 1,000 kilometres of new bitumen roads and resources to revive and modernise sugar factories such as Mumias and Nzoia.

Such projects are however subject to adjustments to accommodate the development priorities of other parts of the country.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, who ditched Azimio la Umoja One Kenya team for Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza has negotiated for the Senate Speaker slot, in the coalition agreement signed on Sunday night.

He also secured a political promissory note for his supporters’ appointment to top management positions at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

Kenya Kwanza Agreement: Ruto’s Cabinet

The coalition agreement provides for a cabinet with 21 ministries that will be shared out in line with the pact.

In the Ruto power structure, Mudavadi and Wetangula will be allocated 30 per cent of the appointive government positions should Kenya Kwanza win in the August polls.

This includes the Prime Cabinet Secretary and 6 Cabinet Secretary slots, National Assembly Speaker and priority development projects in the Western Kenya region.

What Mudavadi, Wetangula and Kingi Must Deliver

The coalition agreement schedule requires Mudavadi and Wetangula to deliver at least 70 per cent of the Western Kenya votes that will be cast in the August presidential race.

The five counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Vihiga, Busia and Trans Nzoia, have a combined total of 2,592,437 registered voters.

The agreement’s schedule requires Kingi and his Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party to secure for DP Ruto at least 50 per cent of the presidential votes cast in Kilifi County in the August State House race; Kilifi County has 582,631 registered voters.

In the agreement, Kingi’s PAA party will also be supported by the coalition in the race for Malindi, Magarini, Ganze, Rabai and Kaloleni parliamentary seats.

What Alfred Mutua Bargained

Dr Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap negotiated for a Cabinet Secretary slot in a ministry relevant to infrastructure or public utilities, such as energy or water, in the Kenya Kwanza government, if Ruto wins in the August presidential race.

If Dr Mutua misses the ministerial flag, he commits to settle for nomination in either the National Assembly or Senate and backed to clinch the majority or minority leader in either of the Houses.

He must however garner for Ruto at least 35 per cent of the presidential votes cast in three counties of Ukambani; Machakos, Kitui and Makueni which have a combined voter population of 1.7 million people.

It is an area considered a stronghold of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is jostling for the running mate slot in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party.

Functions of President and Deputy President

To avoid the friction witnessed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto, the Kenya Kwanza coalition agreement outlines and demarcates the functions of the DP and the Prime Cabinet Secretary.

The deputy president, according to the agreement, will chair all cabinet committees, oversee the implementation of cabinet decisions, coordinate relations between the national and county governments, coordinate planning and supervision of projects and programmes funded by development partners, and coordinate constitutional commissions and independent bodies in matters that require national government intervention and undertake any other functions assigned by the president.

Functions of Prime Cabinet Secretary

On the other hand, the Prime Cabinet Secretary, who will be appointed through an Executive order within 14 days if Kenya Kwanza clinches the presidency, will be allocated five functions.

Top among them; assisting the president and deputy president in coordination and supervision of government ministries and state departments, overseeing the implementation of national government policies, chairing and coordinating government legislative agenda across all ministries and state departments for transmission to Parliament through the leadership of both Houses as well as coordinating and supervising the technical monitoring and evaluation of government policies and projects.

Other Small Parties

Other than the three prime constituent members of the coalition, Kenya Kwanza has 11 other associate parties and is seeking more to sign up, through the provision of post-election coalitions.

According to the general agreements signed between the three Kenya Kwanza founder parties and additional member parties, the 11 parties, among them DP, Tujibebe, TSP and Chama Cha Kazi will be allocated a share of the government, based on their contribution, including the number of parliamentary and county seats garnered.

The coalition’s highest decision making organ, the party leaders forum, will be chaired by DP Ruto with Mudavadi and Wetangula as members.

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