- During the pre-election campaigns, President William Ruto pledged half of the Cabinet to women should he form the government
- Charity Ngilu, a one-time minister, now wants the president to keep the promise and have 11 women constituting his Cabinet
- The 2010 Constitution limits the total number of Cabinet Secretaries to 22; but it cannot be less than 14
Former Kitui governor Charity Ngilu has implored President William Ruto to make good his promise of allocating 50% of cabinet posts to women.
In the run-up to the August 9 General Election, Ruto promised to empower women whom he argued were the face of his quest for the highest office.
On his bucket list was the incorporation of women into positions of power.
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While presiding over the unveiling of the Kenya Kwanza women’s charter in June this year, he pledged to women half of his Cabinet in the events he takes the reins of power.
“I commit to actualise the two-thirds gender rule and to put in place mechanisms within the first three months of the Kenya Kwanza gov’t; we shall allocate 50% of the cabinet to women,” said Ruto.
Ngilu now wants Ruto to actualise the pledge when forming the government.
“He (Ruto) promised 50%. 11 women in the cabinet that we can support. Let’s wait and see,” said Ngilu.
Number of ministers in the Cabinet
As stipulated in the 2010 Constitution, the Cabinet, which consists of the president, his deputy and the Attorney-General, should not have less than 14 nor more than 22 Cabinet Secretaries.
Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta, whose tenures ran in abidance to the constitution, capitalised on 22.
Ruto tends to maintain the same number, thus meaning if he would not renege on the pledge, 11 lady CSs will serve in his administration.
The Ruto-Ngilu bad blood
In the meantime, at the height of the high-octane campaigns, Ngilu was one of Ruto’s chief critics.
She dismissed the chances of Ruto becoming the head of state, arguing that he had failed the temperamental test.
Many times, she would fault Ruto for allegedly overseeing graft in Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration, where he served as the deputy president.
Ngilu is also on record accusing Ruto of abandoning Uhuru to run the country alone, yet they were elected together.
“William Ruto cannot help our country, let him first show us what he has done for the past nine years of being the DP, let him show us even one factory that he has established for all those years,” she once said.
Ruto has been categorical that he would not accommodate any opposition-affiliated figure in his government appointments.
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