President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday sacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and re-assigned Peter Munya from the Industrialisation Ministry to take over at Kilimo House.
Announcing the changes from a televised address from State House Mombasa, President Kenyatta also nominated former Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe as Health Cabinet Secretary.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also offered a lifeline to former Machakos Gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti who has been appointed Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS).
Former Industrialisation Principal Secretary Betty Maina has been nominated to be the new Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary.
Sicily Kariuki has been moved from the Health Ministry to Water & Irrigation taking the place of Simon Chelugui who has been re-assigned to the Labour Ministry.
The President also lessened the burden on Amb. Ukur Yatani who has been holding two cabinet positions; Acting Treasury Cabinet Secretary and Labour Cabinet Secretary. The President confirmed Amb Yatani’s permanent appointment as Treasury CS.
Uhuru also moved Raychelle Omamo from the Defence Ministry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs swapping places with Amb. Monica Juma.
Cabinet Secretaries who retained their positions include Fred Matiang’ i (Interior), James Macharia (Transport), Najib Balala (Tourism), Prof George Magoha (Education), Prof Margaret Kobia (Public Service& Gender), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution), Adan Mohammed (EAC), Amb. Amina Mohammed (Sports) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).
Others include Farida Karoney (Lands), John Munyes (Petroleum & Mining) and Keriako Tobiko.
President Kenyatta also tinkered with his Principal Secretaries line up nominating Amb John Weru as PS Trade, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development CEO Dr Jwan Ouma has been nominated PS Vocational & Technical Training.
Mary Kimonye was nominated PS Public Service, Amb Simon Nabukwesi PS University Education and Research.
Solomon Kitungu has been nominated Transport PS, Enoch Momanyi Onyango PS Physical Planning.
Tourism & Wildlife PS Joe Okudo has been reassigned to the Sports Ministry, Dr Chris Kiptoo formerly Trade PS has been moved to Environment & Forestry, Dr Kevit Desai has been moved to the Ministry of East African Community (EAC) from the State Department of Vocational &Technical Training, Dr Margaret Mwakima has been moved from EAC to Regional Development.
Esther Koimett formerly at Transport is now Broadcasting & Telecommunication PS, Amb Peter Kaberia PS Mining after a troubled tenure at the Sports Ministry, Sarafina Kwekwe has been moved from the State Department of Gender to Tourism while Prof Colleta Suda is now Gender PS after being moved from the State Department of University Education & Research.
Uhuru also shuffled his CASs lineup.
Former Tana River Governor Hussein Dado has been appointed CAS Interior, Patrick Ole Ntutu CAS Labour, Andrew Tuimur CAS Water &Sanitation, Abdu Bahari CAS Devolution& ASAL, Lawrence Karanja CAS Industrialisation, Peter Odoyo CAS Defence, Maureen Magoma CAS ICT, Winnie Guchu CAS State Law Office, Zacharia Kinuthia CAS Education, Mumina Bonya CAS Education, Lenah Jebii Kilimo CAS Agriculture.
Ann Mukami Nyaga has also been appointed Agriculture CAS, Mercy Mwangangi CAS Health, Nadia Ahmed Abdallah CAS ICT.
The President also appeared to endear himself to the youth stating that he had nominated many youthful Chief Administrative Secretaries amid public perception that the head of state is insensitive to the youth with his public appointments.
“I would want Kenyans to note that seven of these appointments to the position of CAS are young Kenyans, some below the age of 30, these CASs I hope will work and indeed understudy their more experienced collegues in government with the aim of readying themselves to assume senior leadership positions in the near future,” said President Kenyatta.