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Politicians dominate Kenya’s new cabinet

Kenya’s President William Ruto on Tuesday appointed his cabinet ministers and advisers who include 10 women and elected politicians.

The president had promised 50% appointments to women but out of the 22 ministers, only seven were women but he further appointed two more women as advisers and a female secretary to the cabinet.

The appointments are being seen as rewarding his loyalists who campaigned for him across the country.

Politicians have made a grand comeback to the cabinet after the previous administration, in which he was a deputy president, had introduced technocrats to the executive.

There was a debate during election campaigns whether ministers should be involved in politics as some of the technocrats openly campaigned for veteran politician Raila Odinga – who was being backed by then President Uhuru Kenyatta.

By-elections will have to be held in areas where the senators and MPs have been named in the new cabinet.

Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper described President Ruto’s new cabinet as a “heavily political”, while the Standard newspaper website said the cabinet was “heavily populated by politicians rewarded for loyalty”.

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