Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta abolishes deputy president William Ruto automony office powers

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The latest Executive Order by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Deputy Presidency and instead put the Office of the Deputy President under the Office of the President.

Under the new government structure, the Deputy President will not be able to act autonomously, but will depend on decisions made by the President or his office. This means that the Deputy President will no longer have power to hire staff, have a budget or other related functions.

Although he is still the second in command, the DP will serve in the “Executive Office of the President” alongside head of public service Joseph Kinyua, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua and Statehous chief of staff Nzioka Waita.

Office of the Deputy President chief of staff Nyaucho Osinde is the only man who has been spared and recognised to serve in the Office of the President in a senior capacity, but his days could be numbered since all staff under him will be answerable to the chief of Staff Nzioka Waita.

The newly created Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has been included to serve in the Office of the President.

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