President Uhuru Kenyatta has, in a twisted turn of events, changed government organization through Executive Order 1 of 2020 that will reduce Ruto’s power.
Uhuru changed the top leadership to ‘The Executive Office of the President’ from ‘The Presidency’.
According to lawyer Donald Kipkorir, this change has a massive impact on how the country is run.
“In new Executive Order, President Uhuru Kenyatta changes his office from ‘Presidency’ to ‘President,'” Kipkorir said.
The lawyer further added that although this change may seem innocent, it has an extensive legal implication. He explained that the Presidency meant shared power while the president implies singularity. This means that Uhuru has allocated all power to the president, singularly leaving out Ruto.
Previously, Uhuru and Ruto shared ruling power under the Presidency. However, with this new Executive order, the head of state will be the only one with power as the president.
“This innocent looking nomenclature change has huge legal implications. President denotes singularity of power in remember that the Presidency is shared power,” Korir wote.
Ruto is now under Uhuru.
Lawyer Korir further explained that the president placed Ruto’s office under the president’s. Meaning the deputy president is now below the president. He also added that the DP would no longer have the power to hire or fire staff. Uhuru has given this power to the head of the public service.
“Executive order by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Presidency and instead put the office of the Deputy President under the office of the president. This means DP Ruto will no longer have powers to hire or fire staff, a duty now designated to the head of public service,” he explained.
This comes after Uhuru and Ruto shocked many when they both led the Madaraka day celebration. This move was unexpected, seeing that the two have had a rather public fallout with Jubilee, axing DP Ruto’s allies from leadership positions.