Kiunjuri out as President Kenyatta reshuffles Cabinet

Written By: Muraya Kamunde/Kennedy Epalat
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President Kenyatta reshuffles cabinet
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has reshuffled his Cabinet that has seen Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri locked out in the new changes.

President Kenyatta announced the changes while delivering his state address to the nation Tuesday morning in Mombasa.

Peter Munya who was in charge of Trade has been moved to Agriculture while Sicily Kariuki moved to Water and Sanitation.

Former Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe has been nominated for CS Health.

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Ukur Yattani, who has been in the Treasury docket in an acting capacity has been confirmed as Cabinet Secretary for Treasury replacing Henry Rotich.

Raychelle Omamo was moved to Foreign affairs while Monica Juma is the new cabinet secretary for Defense.

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The President has also reassigned Solomon Chelughui to the Ministry of Labour.

Those not affected include Sports, Heritage and Culture CS Amina Mohamed, CS for Industrialization Adan Mohammed.

President Kenyatta also named John Weru and Jwan Ouma for nominations for Principle Secretary Trade and Vocational and Technical Training respectively.

Mary Kimonye has been nominated for PS Public Service while Simon Nabukwesi has been nominated for PS University Education and Research.

Uhuru also nominated Solomon Kitungu for PS Transport and Enoch Onyango for PS Planning.

Others nominated are Joe Okudo for Sports, Heritage and Culture, Dr Chris Kipto for environment and forestry Dr Kevit Desai for East Africa Community and Dr Margaret Mwakima for regional development.

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The President also appointed new Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) in his new Cabinet reshuffle.

Former Machakos Gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti has been appointed as CAS for Transport while former Marakwet East MP Linah Jebii Kilimo as CAS for Agriculture.

Patrick ole Ntutu has been appointed CAS for Labour and Social Protection, Zachariah Kinuthia Mugure for Education and Hussein Dado CAS for Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Sacking not a surprise

Elsewhere, sacked Agriculture CS Kiunjuri has said President Uhuru Kenyatta decision to dismiss him from Cabinet did not come as a surprise.

In a hurriedly convened press conference after the President announced changes in his cabinet during the state of the Nation address at State House Mombasa, Kiunjuri admitted that he had endured humiliations throughout the years he had been in the Cabinet.

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Kiunjuri also took the opportunity to thank President Kenyatta for allowing him to serve in his government, saying he will still participate in national politics.

Kiunjuri had come under criticism for the woes that have been facing farmers across the country.

In 2018, the president publicly reprimanded him over the manner he was handling payment of maize farmers in what was snowballing as a scandal.

Meanwhile, there were mixed reactions in Nyeri following the cabinet reshuffle.

A Nyeri politician, Ceasar Thinwa, hailed the President for incorporating the youth in his government.

Other residents hailed the President’s decision to fire Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri, saying he had failed in his mandate.

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