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Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (left) with the acting Finance Minister Njeru Githae at the Treasury building on January 30, 2012. PHOTO / DIANA NGILA
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (left) with the acting Finance Minister Njeru Githae at the Treasury building on January 30, 2012. PHOTO / DIANA NGILA 
By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU ashiundu@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Monday, January 30  2012 at  15:20

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday handed out a loaded agenda for the country’s economic future to the acting Finance Minister Njeru Githae.
At the brief ceremony held at the Treasury Building in Nairobi, Mr Kenyatta read out a list of six key issues that his successor at the key docket has to deal with within the next three months.
“You’re inheriting a very strong team which will give you all the necessary support as you go on,” said Mr Kenyatta, shortly before he arose from his seat, handed it to Mr Githae and then marched out of the building to an undisclosed location, ignoring calls to respond to questions from journalists.
Though he quit as the Minister of Finance following the confirmation of charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court a week ago, Mr Kenyatta has held onto the position of Deputy Prime Minister, insisting that he will not quit unless censured by Parliament.
Mr Kenyatta listed the pending approval of the Finance Bill 2011, the finalisation of the Supplementary Budget for the current financial year, the conclusion of the US$600 million loan deal, the resolution of the push and pull over the Public Financial Management Bill, and the tabling of a Bill to reform the collection of Value-Added Tax as among the issues that require Mr Githae’s “immediate attention and guidance”.
“The Budget Policy Statement is expected in Parliament by end of February 2012 and the final Budget by end of April 2012 in accordance with article 221 of the Constitution,” Mr Kenyatta told Mr Githae at the handing-over ceremony at the Treasury.
He added that in the next fortnight, the government will get US$240 million of the US$600 million loan sourced from abroad.
The balance, Mr Kenyatta said, should be in the country’s public coffers “within a month”.
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But as Mr Kenyatta reeled out the list of matters to be given priority, his successor was apprehensive that he may have been thrown into the deep end of the pool. He thus asked for time “to learn the ropes”.
“Even in marriage, there’s a honeymoon. I need a honeymoon of at least 100 days as I try to learn the ropes. I may not know everything in monetary and economic policy, but I know where to get it,” said Mr Githae.
Despite the clear demonstration that Mr Githae did not have the luxury of the 100-day honeymoon that he had asked for, from analysts and journalists, keen on the economic future of the country, the new man at the Treasury said he was no stranger to matters finance given his “background in banking and insurance fields”.
“I am not going to let the President down; I am not going to let the country down and I am not to let Kenyans down,” Mr Githae said as he noted the enormity of the challenge of managing the country’s economy.
The acting Minister said the building of consensus with MPs on the capping of interest rates was top of his list.
“There must be a way in which we can satisfy the borrowers. We have to get a compromise. There’s no alternative,” Mr Githae said.
He promised to be in touch with the ad hoc House committee investigating the rapid decline of the shilling to get their insight on how to keep the exchange rate stable.
He rebuffed queries about his independence given that the Ministry of Finance is under the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister saying he had taken over the full docket.

“I have taken over his chair and his desk. Be under no illusion. The minister stepped aside as the Minister of Finance. He’s still a Deputy Prime Minister. I will report to the President and the Cabinet,” said Mr Githae, who is still the substantive minister at the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development.
Other issues that Mr Kenyatta placed on Mr Githae’s in-tray are the preparation of the huge budget to prepare the ground for devolution and the next General Election.
Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, Mr Joseph Kinyua and assistant minister Oburu Oginga said the next physical destination for their former boss was an “administrative matter” that shouldn’t preoccupy the time of the acting Minister.
Mr Kenyatta’s aides echoed sentiments by Dr Oginga, that Mr Kenyatta’s next office will be at the Shell and BP House on Nairobi’s Harambee Avenue, opposite the Harambee House, where President Kibaki’s office is located.
They argued that the Office of the Prime Minister, which is housed at the Shell & BP House, was the logical step, because Mr Kenyatta will have an office right outside the door of the Prime Minister, his boss in Cabinet.
Mr Kenyatta’s aide said the move to Shell & BP is likely to be effected this Tuesday morning.

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A written agreement signed by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is now becoming the chief tormentor of public officers formally indicted or linked directly or indirectly to the post election violence. Analysts say that deal could be used to unseat Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, even as he puts up a spirited attempt to ward off calls for his resignation. Uhuru however maintains it is only Parliament that can effect his removal as DPM, by passing a vote of no confidence against him.

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White House Highlights Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
           January 27, 2012
White House Highlights Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
“These men and women are American leaders we want to celebrate,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. “We commend the innovative practices, achievements and leadership these change makers bring not only to their communities around this country—but also to the development of and diplomacy with their countries of origin.”
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 3:00 pm ET January 30th.
Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds with a demonstrated passion for social change. Holding a Ph.D. in Political Science, Wanjiru is also an Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco, where her work centers on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism.
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