The Kenyan executive is to submit a bill to the National Assembly which, if passed, would allow it to launch the privatisation of state firms without having to obtain parliamentary approval. The measure, which was not in President Ruto's election manifesto, is causing concern even within the coalition government.
The new president William Ruto has secretly decided to put an end to the monopoly enjoyed by Autoport Freight Terminals Ltd, a company owned by Ali Hassan Joho, who is thus paying the price for giving financial support to defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
The chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Aboubaker Omar Hadi has become a major asset for the small state as he continues to build a lucrative business empire around its ports. Hadi has the full trust of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is careful, however, to keep him in his place.
The new Kenyan president is seeking to consolidate his support in the regions that have supported him the most, while at the same time leaving a fair share for his main allies. The goal is to maximise his chances of re-election in five years' time.