Immediately after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared William Ruto the president-elect, several independent MPs and poll losers affiliated with Raila Odinga shifted their allegiance to Kenya Kwanza.
Among those who switched the camps after the polls is former Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana in what appeared like he was looking for accommodation in William Ruto’s government.
Others who joined Kenya Kwanza government after the polls include former Kisii Governor James Ongwae, his Kisumu counterpart Jack Ranguma, former Kisumu Senator Fred Outa, ex-Kisii Woman Representative Janet Ong’era, and former lawmakers like Olago Aluoch among others.
However, on Sunday, October 9, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said that politicians who rallied behind William Ruto’s presidential candidature in the lead-up to the August 9 election will be given first priority in state appointments.
The country’s second in command who was speaking in Koilel, Uasin Gishu County, alluded that positions will be given based on one’s contribution to Kenya’s Kwanza victory in the August 9 General Election.
“Yes, you should know that you are reaping what you sow. others want to reap where they did not sow, those who sowed should reap first,” Gachagua said.
The former Mathira MP further stated that those whose input was not felt during the pre-election campaigns would be considered for government positions after the pioneers have been rewarded.
“When we are done with all those who sow, those who didn’t should take what is left, and then we move forward,” he said.
Gachagua’s sentiment came just days after the Public Service Commission (PSC) revised the list of candidates shortlisted for Principal Secretary jobs.
While the commission said it revised the list to accommodate marginalized and minority groups, youths, and people living with disabilities, it appears that the majority of those who were added to the list are poll losers who vied on UDA party tickets.