Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has overruled a decision made by his Prime Minister, Raila Odinga in the suspension of 2 cabinet Ministers. The two ministers that were suspended are Agriculture Minister William Ruto and Education Minister Samuel Ongeri. According to the President’s office, the legal provisions on which the Prime Minister acted, do not confer him the authority to cause a minister to vacate his or her office. This prompted a bitter response from the Prime Minister who accused the President of overstepping his powers. He said “I think that what I’ve done actually has been within my constitutional powers, and that the president does not have the powers to countermand what I have done. The Prime Minister said there was enough evidence implicating the two ministers for an investigation, so they should be suspended.
Raila Odinga’s desperation to assume the Presidency has led to frequent acrimony with the Head of State. It seems Odinga believes he is the lawful occupant of the presidency as he has bitterly contested the outcome of the last general elections that resulted in serious ethnic violence that ultimately led to the formation of a unity government. Odinga has always wanted to be President, and his greed for power has often comes into conflict with his sense of discernment. He would go at any length to become the President of Kenya – the position his father Oginga Odinga, longed for throughout his own political life but ultimately lost to Daniel Arap Moi who later arrested both father and son in 1982 accusing them of plotting a coup.
Kibaki and Raila joined together in a unity government to end violence that swept the nation after the 2007 election. Both men have accused each other of overstepping their constitutional remit. But most Kenyan’s are aware of Raila’s desperation to become President and his weired approach to politics contrasts sharply with the cool and respectful demeanour of Kibaki. Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki has done well for his country. He has transformed the economy and implemented development projects that has seen the landscape of the country changed to a more western style infrastructural environment. He is seen as a man of peace and respected across the region.
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