The appointment to a senior government position of a politician linked to major land disputes is a concern for dispossessed communities in the centre and west of the country. Large political families also fear for the fate of their properties.
The poor showing of Raila Odinga, whom Uhuru Kenyatta supported in the presidential election, has prompted the outgoing head of state to change his retirement plans. He is turning his attention to managing his family's empire, which is influential in several profitable economic sectors.
The presidential candidate is facing pressure from Mombasa County's business leaders, who want assurances that one of them will become a governor there, putting Odinga, who wants to avoid having to choose between long-time political and financial supporters, in a bind.