Cabinet nominees to be vetted starting Tuesday, says Duale


Cabinet nominees to be vetted starting Tuesday, says Duale
National Assembly majority leader, Aden Duale. Photo/Courtesy

The vetting of nominees for the positions of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries will commence on Tuesday next week. This is according to National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.

The vetting process will be conducted within 14 days and a report tabled before the House which will then accept or reject them.

Upon being accepted, the names will then be forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for subsequent appointment.

Duale said this in Mombasa while presiding over a fund drive for an Islamic learning institution where Ksh 13 million was raised.

This comes just days after President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto made major changes in the government in what he termed as re-organization of government departments for efficient service delivery.

In the new-look Cabinet, several Cabinet Secretaries were sent home and new-comers brought on board as well as the number of Ministries increased from the current 19 to 20.

Former Laikipia East Member of Parliament Mwangi Kiunjuri was nominated the CS for Devolution and Planning taking over from Ms Anne Waiguru who resigned last weekend citing health concerns.

Kericho Senator Charles Keter also made it to the Cabinet after the Head of State nominated him as the CS for Energy to take over from Davis Chirchir who was suspended eight months ago over corruption allegations.

The Google Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador and Country Manager for Kenya Joe Mucheru was nominated as the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) taking over from Fred Matiang’i who now moved to Education.

Kenya Seed Company Managing Director Willy Bett was nominated the CS for Agriculture replacing Felix Koskei who was suspended eight months ago over graft allegations.

Malindi MP Dan Kazungu also made it to the Cabinet after President Kenyatta nominated him as the CS for Mining effectively replacing Najib Balala who moved to the Ministry of Tourism in the same Capacity.

Nairobi Hospital’s Chief executive Officer Dr. Cleopha Mailu was nominated as the Cabinet Secretary for Health, replacing Dr. James Macharia who moved to Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Former Agriculture Principal Secretary Sicily Kanini Kariuki was nominated as CS for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.

Phylis Kandie, the CS for East African Affairs was moved to the Ministry of Labour and Social Services effectively replacing Kambi Kazungu who was also suspended eight months ago over graft allegations.

Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Rachel Omamo (Defense), Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Adan Mohamed (Industrialization), Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Hassan Wario (Sports) and Judy Wakhungu (Environment) retained their Ministries.

Interior PS Monica Juma, who was rejected by National Assembly as the Secretary to the Cabinet nominee, was moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same capacity.

She took over from Karanja Kibicho, who moved from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as PS to Ministry of Interior in the same capacity.

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