CS Amina Mohammed’s troubled cabinet career


CS Amina Mohammed's troubled cabinet career
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

In Summary

  • Her move to the education docket seemingly destabilized her, she appeared to struggle to fit into the shoes of her predecessor Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
  • Many now terming her move to the sports ministry as odd, her next course of action remains unknown.
  • Amina has however thanked the President for the new appointment and congratulated her nominated replacement Professor George Magoha.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to move Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to the Sports, Culture and Heritage docket caught many unawares, with the public perception that she was not fit for the job.

Its literally a case of out of the classroom and into the field for Ambassador Amina Mohamed, but is she fit for the job at hand her predecessors have seemingly not left much to write home about?.

The office holder Rashid Echesa having been sent packing in Friday’s cabinet reshuffle after a year in office, while Hassan Wario who was at the helm of the ministry in the first term is facing charges over the Rio Olympics scandal.

CS Amina has also in the recent months been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Her attempts to oversee the ongoing curriculum changes in the education ministry and continue to push for necessary reforms seem to be running into headwinds.

A day after announcing the postponement of the roll out of the new curriculum, the education CS took an about turn after getting what sources said was a dress down from the President.

Her bid to lower the entry grade for students to teachers training colleges to a D were thwarted after the court ruled against her.

Most recently she rubbed university students the wrong way by suggesting that HELB defaulters be arrested.

CS Amina left a high-flying job in the UN to join President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first cabinet as Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary.

The career diplomat was among those who waged an aggressive campaign to have the charges against president Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the ICC dropped.

As she implemented Kenya’s foreign relations strategy, she unsuccessfully contested the AU commission position chair.

Her move to the education docket seemingly destabilized her, she appeared to struggle to fit into the shoes of her predecessor Dr. Fred Matiang’i.

Many now terming her move to the sports ministry as odd, her next course of action remains unknown.

Amina has however thanked the President for the new appointment and congratulated her nominated replacement Professor George Magoha.

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