By Judith Akolo
NAIROBI, Nov 25 (NNN-KBC) — Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a major reshuffle of Cabinet in what is billed a major re-organization of his administration to ensure service delivery.
The president has increased the number ministries from 19 to 20, each headed by a Cabinet Secretary (Minister) while the number of Principal Secretaries for the ministries increases from 26 to 41.
The Ministry of Mining has a new Cabinet Secretary in Malindi Member of Parliament Dan Kazungu, while Professor Judi Wakhungu retains her Ministry of Environment portfolio.
Former MP Mwangi Kiunjuri replaces Anne Waiguru who recently resigned as the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning. Eugene Wamalwa has retained his Water and Irrigation portfolio.
The Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury is Henry Rotich while Dr. Hassan Wario retains his post at the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Former ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i moves to the Ministry of Education.
James Macharia moves from the Ministry of Health to Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Agriculture has a new Cabinet Secretary in Willy Bett.
General (Retired) Joseph Nkaisery retains the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.
Amina Mohammed retains her Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation portfolio while former Principal Secretary in the Ministry Sicily Karimi Kariuki becomes the Cabinet Secretary for the newly created Public Service, Youth and Gender Ministry.
Former Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala moves to the Ministry of Tourism which now becomes an independent Ministry after splitting from the former Ministry of East Africa Community and Tourism.
The Senator for Kericho, Charles Keter, is the new Cabinet Secretary for Energy replacing suspended Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir.
The Ministry of Health has a new Cabinet Secretary in Cleophas Mwinzi while Phylis Kandie moves to the Ministry of Labour and East Africa Community and Raychelle Omamo retains her Defence Ministry docket.
Professor Jacob Kaimenyi replaces suspended Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu at the Ministry of Lands while Adan Mohammed retains his docket at the Ministry of Industrialization.
The Attorney General is Prof. Githu Muigai. — NNN-KBC