ON Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled his cabinet, and Sports CS Rashid Echesa landed on the wrong side of the sword.
By P. Meja
The President striped off powers from Mr. Echesa, leaving him ‘unemployed’ man and a laughing stone by many Kenyans.
The outgoing secretary has been replaced by colleague from the ministry of education, Amb. Amina Mohammed.
On the other hand Amb Amina has been replaced by former Nairobi University VC Professor George Magoha.
The big question that is raising eyebrows is what triggered Echesa’s firing.
The following are some of the things that could have made Uhuru to kick him out of the cabinet?
1. 2022 politics
Echesa who is a very close ally to the deputy president William Ruto has been on the forefront preaching the 2022 politics. He was once warned by the President, whose stand has always been working for Kenyans and not 2022 politics. This might be one of the mistakes he made.
2. Daring ODM party leader Raila Odinga
Echesa once said “I can dare you Raila Tinga (Odinga), come and fire me”, this might have counted a lot considering the power of the handshake Raila has with Uhuru Kenyatta.
3. Poor performance in his ministry
We understand how the Ministry of Sports has been on the limelight in terms of poor performance with the teams, and especially the athletics, who felt to be ignored by the ministrON
4. Echesa might have been used as a sacrificial lamb.
Kenyans have been waiting for the President to crack the whip over his cabinet secretaries as he had promised, chances are that he might have sacrificed Echesa to keep his word.