Speculations about the role of Hussein Mohamed in Ruto Govt

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About a week after William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s fifth commander in chief, a list of individuals for senior positions in his government is already beginning to be tapped.

On Tuesday, September 20, a high-ranking source close to the presidency said: TBEN.co.kethat former citizen TV anchor Hussein Mohammed was chaired for a top job in the new government.

Mohamed, who was the communications director in Ruto’s presidential campaign, was linked to a cabinet post.

However, insiders were wary of the details Ruto deems appropriate as the media practitioner struggles to reward his loyal allies who stood by him before the newcomers joined his camp.

President William Ruto (second from left) will be in contact with Prince Charles III in the UK on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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Hussein joined Ruto’s team in January 2022, nearly six months ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Earlier reports said he would be appointed as a spokesman for the State House. He also led several polls conducted by online media, indicating that he was the people’s favorite.

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However, TBEN.co.ke learned that Ruto could appoint his longtime ally, David Mugonyi, as spokesman for the State House and head of the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

Mugonyi, who was Ruto’s communications secretary in the vice president’s office, may thus be the former . follow up citizen TV anchor – Kanze Dena Mararo. Reports claimed Mugonyi took over PSCU immediately after Ruto was sworn in. Sources close to Ruto told TBEN.co.ke that the former Daily Nation editor started the rebranding and re-strategy of PSCU.

The changes were reflected in the changes to the profile picture of the State House social media pages and the redesign of president.go.ke – The official website of the State House.

For example, the Ruto team did away with the supernatural royal blue color theme adopted by ex-president Uhuru Kenyatta and replaced it with Ruto’s default flag. However, the site is still under construction to this day.

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Mugonyi is said to be planning to hire a world-class photography team made up of top media personalities drawn from the mainstream and digital media platforms in the country.

In addition, Emmanuel Talaam, who worked as communications director in the vice president’s office, was also fronted for the State House position, but his name was mentioned several times in the running for the government spokesperson role. This position is currently held by Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna.

However, Mugonyi, Mohamed and Talaam did not respond to TBEN.co.ke texts and phone calls as they could not be reached for comment.

Former Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.

Former Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.

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Meanwhile, our sources went on to say that former Tharaka senator, Kithure Kindiki, will succeed domestic CS Fred Matiang’i in an announcement expected to send shockwaves across the country.

Offering Kindiki the role considered by many to be an integral part of government operations would be Ruto’s strategic move to assuage his feelings after choosing Rigathi Gachagua as a deputy for the veteran lawyer.

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Also complete is a list of all other government positions and parastatal heads. However, Ruto is said to be keen to prevent leaks and thus keeps the cards closer to his chest.

As the election campaign picked up steam in May 2022, Kindiki drafted a document outlining the division of power between Kenya’s Kwanza principles, including Musalia Mudavadi of the ANC and Moses Wetangula of Ford-Kenya, who was elected speaker of the National Assembly. .

Mudavadi was given the condition of the Chief Minister’s position that he and Wetangula should get 70 percent of the Luhya vote. A goal they failed to achieve. Ruto is expected to reveal his list of his appointees once he lands at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from the US.

One of the biggest surprises, as revealed by the insiders, is that Ruto knocks out big names who expect their egos to be massaged.

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