In a notable cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday evening, President William Ruto wielded his executive authority by demoting Alfred Mutua, Kenya’s foreign policy official. Ruto, with a keen eye on domestic and international affairs, elevated his Prime Cabinet Secretary, Musalia Mudavadi, to the position of Foreign Minister.
This move signifies a major promotion for Mudavadi, a seasoned politician, and a former Kenyan vice president.
He has consistently been President Ruto’s trusted envoy for high-level international delegations, recently representing the President with a goodwill message to Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye in Gitega.
Notably, in the UK system, the Foreign Minister also holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister. While Alfred Mutua has faced demotion due to his consistent diplomatic missteps since his appointment, the biggest impact of this reshuffle appears to be on Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Mudavadi, now at the helm of Kenya’s foreign policy, will have the opportunity to engage with prominent figures on the global stage. Experts believe that this international exposure will provide a platform for Mudavadi to advance his political career.
Mudavadi’s recent high-profile appearances include being the guest of honor during the German Unity Day celebrations, where he delivered a government message, and representing Kenya with a goodwill message at the Chinese Independence Day celebrations in Nairobi.
This raises questions about the role of Deputy President Gachagua, who seldom undertakes international or diplomatic assignments.
The Deputy President has only represented the President abroad in very minimal events, including the recent Global Coffee Producers and Roasters Forum held in Bogota.
He also attended the G77 Summit in Cuba.
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