On Monday 9th, President William Ruto issued Executive Order 1 of 2023, restructuring his government and reassigning roles to ministries.
The most affected offices in the reconfiguration are those of the Deputy President, the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary, and the Interior Ministry.
In the changes, President Ruto seems to have tactfully removed his deputy from the center of power, and instead, Prime Cabinet Secretary’s Office will be tasked with overseeing the implementation of state projects, co-ordinating national government functions, as well as handling the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.
In the first Executive Order of 2023, Ruto has given Gachagua powers to oversee the revival of the coffee sub-sector in Mt Kenya counties. In addition, the Deputy President’s office will be the Coordinator of Devolution.
DP Gachagua will also be liaising with Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices in matters that require intervention by the National Government including budgets, policy formulation, and implementation of their recommendations.
On the other hand, CS Kithure Kindiki’s docket has been restructured from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to the Ministry of Interior and National Administration. Musalia Mudavadi’s office will be co-ordinating government functions.