President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto has retained six cabinet secretaries and nominated three into his cabinet.
“I am retaining the following persons into my cabinet: Henry Rotich (Treasury), Najib Balala (Tourism), James Macharia (Transport), Fred Matiangi (Education and AG Interior), Charles Keter (Energy), Joe Mucheru (ICT) as Cabinet Secretaries. “
In line with his New Year message to Kenyans from State House on Sunday, President Kenyatta said he will appoint his new cabinet in the next few weeks that will chart the country’s way forward in his second and final term in office.
“In the next few weeks, I will unveil the men and women to whom I will entrust delivery of the Big Four, and other programmes that will transform this country. I will expect these men and women to serve Kenyans without partiality and with the very highest standard of integrity and efficiency. They must prove themselves worthy of the trust Kenyans will have bestowed on them,” Kenyatta said in the live broadcast.
In this regard, the President nominated subject to vetting and approval by Parliament.
John Munyes, Okur Yatani and Keriako Tobiko to the Cabinet subject to vetting and approval by Parliament.
Further, the President has forwarded the names of Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Joel Mboya Kitili and Deputy Inspector General Administration Police Service to the Public Service Commission for redeployment.
He appointed George Kinoti (DCI), Edward Njoroge Mbugua (Deputy IG Kenya Police), Gabow Noor (Deputy IG AP) in an acting capacity until processed by Public Service Commission.
The Constitution provides that the Cabinet consist of not fewer than 14 and not more than 22 Cabinet secretaries.
Kenyatta further said he will continue to name more persons in the coming weeks. “Over the next few weeks, I will be making further announcements to fill cabinet positions, to fill the positions of Principal Secretaries as well as our Sagas (parastatals) as we continue to populate the Government with those that will be charged with the responsibility of executing our agenda for the next five years.”