The women in Uhuru’s new Cabinet


The women in Uhuru's new Cabinet
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

In Summary

  • President Uhuru appoints 5 women and nominates 1 woman for cabinet positions.
  • 4 Women retain cabinet secretary positions in cabinet reshuffling

When President Uhuru Kenyatta named his partial Cabinet on January 6, he was criticised for not naming a single woman.

On Friday, he finally named the full list and in his 21-member Cabinet list, women scooped 6 positions with two new faces and four retained.

Former Foreign Affairs and International Trade CS Amina Mohammed has been deployed to the Ministry of Education replacing Dr. Fred Matiang’i who takes up Interior Security.

Former Public Service Chairperson Margaret Kobia has been promoted to Cabinet Secretary of  Public Service Youth and Gender replacing Sicily Kariuki.

Monica Juma, the former PS Foreign Affairs and International Trade has also been promoted to CS Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She has taken after her former boss CS Amina Mohammed.

Sicily Kariuki who is the former CS of Public Service Youth and Gender is now Ministry of Health boss taking over from Cleopa Mailu.

Royal Media Chief Operating Officer Farida Karoney has been nominated to head Ministry of Lands, if she sails through Parliament, she will replace CS Jacob Kaimenyi. Defence CS Rachel Omamo has retained her seat.

In the CAS/PS positions, Mr. Kenyatta picked three women; Former Nairobi Women Representative, Rachel Shebesh as the Chief Administrative Secretary for Public Service Youth and Gender and Lilian Omolo as the Permanent Secretary. Winnie Guchu as the Chief Administrative Secretary for Water.

Others are Ambassador to France, Judy Wakhungu, Ambassador to Belgium, Judy Wakhungu.

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