Kenya National Cabinet Meets for First Time
The newly forged Kenyan cabinet, headed by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, is struggling to make decisions as a cohesive unit.
The newly forged Kenyan cabinet met for the first time on Tuesday, May 15, amid differences between the two major parties involved, led by incumbent President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
According to the BBC, in its first major decision the cabinet decided to make
The New York Times reported that Kibaki needed more than 10 minutes to read the names of the 94 new ministers and assistant ministers that make up
And although the announcement ended “weeks of anxious deadlock," the Times notes that many of the “new, highly paid” cabinet positions are being criticized as “inefficient and wasteful” by human rights groups and trade organizations.
Kenya had been under intense pressure from foreign governments to reach a decision in the wake of December’s post-election violence.
Al-Jazeera reported that some, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathia, believed that
Just one month before Kenya’s post-election chaos and violence, the nation had been “looked up to as an East African bastion of political and economic stability,” according to a Jan. 7 article from findingDulcinea.