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Kenyan President Weighs Naming Ex-Treasury Head as Cabinet Chief

  • Role would be the third-most powerful in ruling alliance
  • Ruto preparing to name cabinet after being sworn in this week
William Ruto, right, with Musalia Mudavadi in August. 

William Ruto, right, with Musalia Mudavadi in August. 

Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan President William Ruto is considering appointing former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi as head of cabinet under a new power structure, people familiar with the matter said.

Musalia Mudavadi, who served as finance minister from 1993 to 1997 and later as vice president for two months in 2002, will be named prime cabinet secretary -- the equivalent of a non-executive premier, said the people who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media. Mudavadi, 61, will be in charge of coordinating and supervising government ministries and state departments, and oversee the implementation of key policies and projects, they said.