President Uhuru Kenyatta has told new Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to take charge of their dockets and be accountable.
The President reminded Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of their critical role in the running of a clean government in order to deliver efficient services to Kenyans.
“My expectations and that of Kenyans are high. We want to run a clean government. Bring into Government the skills and ethics you practiced,” he said.
The President spoke at State House, Nairobi Friday where he witnessed the swearing in of seven new Cabinet Secretaries and 24 Principal Secretaries. The swearing-in was conducted by the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
The Cabinet Secretaries are Daniel Kazungu- Mining, Mwangi Kiunjuri- Devolution, Willy Bett – Agriculture, Sicily Kariuki – Public Service, Youth and Gender, Charles Keter – Energy and Petroleum, Cleopa Mailu – Health and Joseph Mucheru – ICT.
The new Principal Secretaries are Joe Okudo (Arts, Culture), Sammy Itemere (Broadcasting and Telecommunications), Micah Powon (Correction Services) Peter Kaberia (Defence), Betty Maina (EAC Integration), Charles Sunkuli (Environment), Lilian Mbogo-Omollo (Youth and Public Service), Nicholas Muraguri (Health), Aida Njeri Munano (Housing and Urban Development), Victo Kyalo (ICT and Innovation), Julius Korir (Industry and Enterprise Development) and Chris Kiptoo (International Trade).
Others are Patrick Mwangi (Irrigation), Andrew Tuimur (Livestock), Nancy Karigithu (Maritime Commerce), Margaret Mwakima (Natural resources), Andrew Ng’ang’a (Petroleum), Saitoti Torome (Planning and Statistics), Paul Maringa (Public Works), Susan Mochache (Social Security and Services), Fatuma Mohamed (Tourism), Wilson Nyakera (Transport), Dinah Mwinzi (Vocational and Technical Training) and Zeinab Hussien (Gender Affairs).
The President said Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries are drawn from different backgrounds and this will be instrumental in adding value to public service delivery.
“Your Backgrounds shows a wealth of experience that can add value to public service delivery. Let us work together for betterment of the people of this republic and for prosperity,” the President said.
President Kenyatta said the Government has increased the number of Principal Secretaries to reduce workload and deliver on the manifesto that calls for total commitment and dedication.
“The Constitution has limited the number of Cabinet Secretaries but increased Principal Secretaries to reduce workload,” he added
He emphasized that the Government was committed to delivery on the manifesto and all pledges the administration has made to Kenyans.
The President said a retreat will be held for Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Parliament leadership in January next year to lay out work plan for next half of the financial year.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Deputy President William Ruto and the Attorney General Githu Muigai among other senior government officials.