- Members of the cabinet will still be required to undertake their ministerial portfolio responsibilities .
- Drug trafficker was arrested In Murang'a county.
- President Kenyatta said that all those involved in drug trafficking in the area should understand that the hand of the law will strictly enforcing the law.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has given Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Secretaries of Ministries 11 days leave to rest with their families. The move has sparked rumors that the President may make changes to the government after the end of the holiday. The holiday period runs from Monday, August 17, 2020, to Friday, August 28, 2020.
Such committees may only hold meetings by order of the President or in the case of national emergency matters. In a statement written by the Chief of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and sent to ministers, assistant ministers, ministry secretaries, and the Attorney General, the ministers will not inspect government projects and programs in all corners of the country.
“Members of the cabinet will still be required to undertake their ministerial portfolio responsibilities and attend to any presidential engagements arising from or ancillary to their ministerial mandate,” reads the memo seen by Citizen TV.
Following the holiday, the Ministerial Committee on Development Implementation, headed by Security Minister Fred Matiang, will meet on September 1, 2020. President Kenyatta is scheduled to chair a cabinet meeting on September 3, 2020, according to Kinyua’s statement.
The holiday has sparked controversy over the possibility of a change in government when ministers and ministry secretaries return to work, but the White House has denied such allegations.
“Members of the Cabinet shall be allowed to take leave from office, subject to prior approval of the President and receipt of Presidential clearance reguarding any travel by the member of Cabinet to any destination outside of the territory of the Republic of Kenya,” read an excerpt of the statement.
Drug Trafficker Arrested In Murang’a
Murang’a County in a bid to crackdown on drug traffickers who sell to school children, Police arrested the leader of the illegal trade. The officers used a student who on Friday night was caught smoking marijuana.
In the course of the investigation, the officers used the student to arrest the trafficker, Laurence Mwangi Mureithi.
It is alleged that the perpetrator has been in this illegal business for the past 12 years. According to Murang’a South Police Commander Anthony Keter, the student was arrested but officers saw fit to search for the seller.
“The student agreed to cooperate with the officers. The student had the Mureithi’s phone number and called Mureithi on the pretext of wanting more drugs with the intention of dragging him to the officers’ trap,” said Mr. Keter.
Mr. Keter said the initiative was successful in bringing the trafficker to a police station. After Mureithi arrest, he directed officers to his home where a fruitful search was carried out.
“We have found 15 kilos of unprocessed cannabis on the market, 250 bags of the product ready for market, 50 liters of traditional Muratina alcohol, and the special paper used to make cannabis,” Mr. Keter said.
Mr. Keter said that President Uhuru Kenyatta had ordered all security forces to crack down on all those involved in child sexual abuse and to be “listed as national enemies who aim to humiliate the future of children and the nation as a whole.” He said that all those involved in drug trafficking in the area should understand that the hand of the law will strictly enforcing the law.