A national newspaper reports that that country’s boss has stopped controversial meetings by cabinet secretaries (CSs) from one community. The same day, one of them comes out and defiantly announces that they will go on.
Is Peter Munya, the CS for Industrialization defying the president, or is he just playing politics, not wanting to appear to have been given orders he must obey?
Yesterday, Mr Munya insisted that the La Mada Hotel meetings will go on, saying that President Uhuru Kenyatta had not given any such instructions.
The Star, in its main front page story headlined “Uhuru stops secret Mt Kenya meetings,” reported that the president had “directed cabinet secretaries from Mt Kenya region to stop their night meetings at La Mada”.
The story quoted unnamed sources within Jubilee party, who leader is the president himself.
But Mr Munya yesterday said that the meetings would in fact intensify. This raises several questions. One is the possibility that the story is untrue.
The newspaper has not retracted the story, and neither Jubilee party nor State House has denied it.
The other possibility is that the CS is denying the story as a way of saving face, so as not to appear to retreat easily on the orders of his boss.
It is also possible that Munya is defying his boss. He has done that before, as Meru governor, and especially during his reign as Council of Governors (CoG) chairman.
Mr Munya also refused to join Jubilee, opting to run on a different party ticket, a move that saw him lose his seat to current governor, Kiraitu Murungi.
The La Mada meetings became controversial when allegations were made that they were being used to plan to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto.