President Uhuru reshuffles cabinet with Mwangi Kiunjuri and Henry Rotich sent packing

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BY JOAN WANJIKU/CORRESPONDENT,14TH JAN,2020-President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired two Cabinet Secretaries in a reshuffle of his Cabinet.

During his State of the Nation Address in Mombasa Tuesday, the President dropped Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary and replaced Mr Henry Rotich as the National Treasury boss.

While the President did not make any reference to the two in his speech, he moved Mr Peter Munya from the Trade docket to replace Mr Kiunjuri as he confirmed Mr Ukur Yattani as National Treasury boss.

The President moved CSs Raychelle Omamo from Defence to Foreign Affairs, Sicily Kariuki from Health to Water, Monica Juma from Foreign Affairs to Defence and Simon Chelugui from Water to Labour.

The Head of State also reassigned Joe Okudo as Sports Principal Secretary, Dr Chris Kipto (Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry), Dr Kevit Desai (Principal Secretary for East African Community) and Dr Margaret Mwakima (Principal Secretary for Regional Development).

Others were Mrs Esther Koimett (Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications), Mr Peter Kaberia (Principal Secretary for Mining), Ms Safina Kwekwe (Principal Secretary for Tourism) and Prof Colletta Suda (Principal Secretary for Gender).

President Kenyatta also made new nominations to the Cabinet as follows:

  • Mutahi Kagwe – CS Health

  • Betty Maina – CS Industrialisation

  • John Weru – PS Trade

  • Dr Jwan Ouma – PS Vocational and Technical Training

  • Mary Kimunye – PS Public Service

  • Simon Nabukwesi – PS University Education and Research

  • Solomon Kitungu – PS Transport

  • Enoch Momanyi Onyango – PS Physical Planning


President Kenyatta also appointed new chief administrative secretaries (CASs):

  • Hussein Dado – Interior

  • Patrick ole Ntutu – Labour and Social Protection

  • Andrew Tuimur – Water

  • Abdul Bahari – Devolution and ASAL

  • Lawrence Karanja – Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development

  • Peter Odoyo – Defence

  • Maureen Magoma Mbaka – ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs

  • Winnie Guchu – State Law Office

  • Wavinya Ndeti – Transport

  • Zachariah Kinuthia Mugure – Education

  • Mumina Bonaya — Education

  • Lina Jebii Kilimo – Agriculture

  • Anne Mukami Nyaga – Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives

  • Mercy Mwangangi – Health

  • Nadia Ahmed Abdallah – ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs

Before he was sacked Rotich has been serving a suspension since he was  charged with  corruption last year.Rotich  and former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge are accused of inflating the cost of constructing Arror and Kimwarer water dams.

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