Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi Ranked Worst Performer In Ruto’s Cabinet

In addition to the imminent threat of impeachment, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi faces the challenging position of being ranked as the least effective minister in President William Ruto’s cabinet. Recent findings from a survey conducted by Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA) reveal a disheartening state of affairs for CS Linturi, who garnered an E grade, signifying a mere 25 percent approval rating.

Above Linturi, Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation CS Zachary Njeru fared marginally better, securing an average of D minus, equivalent to a 27 percent approval rating.

Within the bottom tier of Cabinet secretaries, Energy CS Davis Chirchir finds himself fifth from the bottom with a rating of 33 percent (D minus), followed closely by Florence Bore, the Labour and Social Protection counterpart, with 31 percent (D minus), and Rebecca Miano, CS for the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry, who obtained a modest 27 percent.

In contrast, TIFA’s report highlights Interior CS Kithure Kindiki as the standout performer, boasting an impressive 68 percent approval rating (B Grade).

Following closely behind Kindiki is Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, who also oversees the portfolio of Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, with an overall rating of 59 percent (C plus).

Rounding up the top five are Youth, Sports, and the Arts CS Ababu Namwamba, along with ICT and Digital Economy CS Eliud Owalo, both scoring 59 percent. Defence CS Aden Duale secured a respectable C plain grade with a 50 percent rating.

The survey, conducted through telephone interviews with 2,912 respondents across Kenya from April 27 to April 29, evaluated ministers based on criteria such as awareness, trust, visibility, and performance.