In what is being interpreted as a move to further consolidate power,President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday issued an Executive order greatly clipped powers of the office of the Deputy President.
In the new order the Deputy President William Ruto will now have to rely on on Office of the President for budgeting and even allocation of duties.
What would have been the duties of the Deputy President have now been transferred to the Ministry of Interior under the stewardship of Fred Matiang’i.
Going forward the DP will not be able to hire or fire staff in his office as the function has now been transferred to the Presidents Office.
In terms of budget allocation, the DP will have to rely on the President to determine what his office gets in terms of funds allocation.
The move comes barely two days after the President and His Deputy portrayed what seemed as a return of their bromance during the Madaraka day celebrations held at State House Nairobi.
The Executive order effectively abolished the Presidency and shifted all power to the Executive Office of the President
Political observers say that the move by Kenyatta was aimed at diffusing what seemed as two centers of power between him and William Ruto.