Tension between Kenya's deputy president and two of William Ruto's key allies risks upsetting the fragile regional equilibrium within the head of state's ruling political grouping.
Since he came to power, the Kenyan president has been looking to forge closer links with press bosses as a means of obtaining greater influence over a media sector which he felt was largely hostile to him prior to his election.
Former senator Cleophas Malala, who has been tasked with merging the presidential party with allied formations, is eager to join the cabinet. But the supervisory role earmarked for him is being met with suspicion by the Kenyan president's key allies.
Kenya's top jurist is not happy that criminal prosecutions of some of the president's allies have been dropped. She has privately raised the matter with law enforcement colleagues in an effort to shore up her court's credibility.
The Kenyan president is relying on several groups of advisers to steer his economic policy, keep him informed of political intrigues and hone his messaging. These precious allies belong to different circles and do not always see eye to eye, mirroring tensions already felt within the presidential majority.