- Deputy President William Ruto fail’s to attend high profile cabinet meeting
- President Uhuru calls for Officers to embrace teamwork and unity of purpose so as to deliver.
- Cabinet reshuffled and the new portfolios created plus those merged
Deputy President William Ruto has missed a high-profile meeting at State House, Nairobi which was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This comes a day after the president made a few changes to senior ranks of his cabinet.
Objective of the meeting
The meeting brought together Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to deliberate on the status of ongoing National Government programmes covering Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 flagship projects among other matters.
The President outlined to the officers his vision and priorities for this year, top among them the completion of ongoing Government projects and programmes across all sectors and regions of the country.
Further, the President instructed the Officials to ensure prudent utilisation of public resources in service delivery saying Kenyans must always get the highest value return for their money.
The Head of State urged the Officers to embrace teamwork and unity of purpose so as to deliver the promise of a better and prosperous Kenya for all.
Earlier the Head of Public Services Joseph Kinyua issued a circular which stated that the cabinet changes that were made, meant to foster operational efficiency, institutionalize and expedite the implementation of various ground-breaking reforms, and introduce functional changes that shall make Ministries and State Departments more effective and better able to deliver on their mandates.
“The changes are also in recognition of the momentous task of setting the foundation for building back better, as Kenya rebounds from the socioeconomic shocks of the coronavirus pandemic,” read the circular.
Among the changes are the merger of the State Department for Mining with the State Department for Petroleum into a single State Department within the Ministry of Petroleum & Mining so as to promote the sustainable development of the extractives sector.
President Kenyatta appointed the following persons as Chief Administrative Secretaries to the various dockets as listed below:
Eric Simiyu Wafukho – The National Treasury & Planning
Jackson Musyoka Kalla – Ministry of Labour & Social Protection
Lawrence Angolo Omuhaka – Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Cooperatives
Japheth Ntiba Micheni – The State Law Office & Department of Justice
David Osiany – Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Enterprise Development
Dr. Sara Ruto – Ministry of Education
Zachary Ayieko – Ministry of Energy
Alex Mburi Mwiru – Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning
Winnie Guchu- Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government
Gideon Mungaro – Ministry of Devolution & The ASALs
Lina Jebii Kilimo – Ministry of Public Service & Gender
The following Chief Administrative Secretaries were re-assigned to other dockets as below:
Hassan Noor Hassan – Ministry of Education
Zack Kinuthia Mugure – Ministry of Sports, Culture &Heritage
Simon Kachapin – Ministry of Sports, Culture & Heritage
The following Principal Secretaries were also re-assigned to the stated dockets:
Julius Ouma Jwan – State Department for Early Learning & Basic Education
Andrew Kamau – Ministry of Petroleum & Mining
Francis Owino – State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture & The Blue Economy
Julius Korir – State Department for Devolution
Margaret Mwakima – State Department for Vocational & Technical Training
Peter Kaberia Kirimi – State Department for Industrialization
Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang – State Department for Regional & Northern Corridor Development
Charles Talengo Sunkuli – State Department for Youth Affairs
Head of Public Services Joseph Kinyua indicated that the changes take effect immediately.
Uhuru freezes out Ruto:— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) February 18, 2021
DP Ruto missing as Uhuru meets CSs, PSs and top gov't officials. Meeting evaluated government development projects.
Meeting deliberated on the Big 4 Agenda and the BBI bill. Uhuru orders officers to ensure public money is optimally utilized #Tonight pic.twitter.com/0ipGynjXKx