Young leaders were recruited by then-vice president William Ruto throughout the elections, and his appointments have shown his appreciation for their dedication.
Ruto's appointment of young leaders to important positions in the cabinet, including the Principal Secretary of the Senate and the National Assembly, has been praised by national leaders.
Danstan Omari, a lawyer and political expert, asserts in an interview with The Saturday Nation that Ruto's decision to surround himself with young, progressive leaders could backfire and force him to turn to the experienced leaders, much like former President Uhuru Kenyatta did during his first term.
Omari goes on to say that Ruto might be maintaining the more senior lawmakers in their spots because he does not want to be challenged and is considering elections after 2022.
"Older and middle-aged people make up a majority of his cabinet, but in parliament, he has chosen to support younger candidates. Since that young people make up the majority of the electorate, he is essentially thinking beyond 2022."
"Yet if somebody were to inquire as to whether the president shies away from powerful figures, the answer would be in the affirmative. Both followers of his orders and those seeking his handouts are what he seeks."
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