By Kevin Wachira/Judith Akolo
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move to reshuffle the cabinet has been lauded by leaders across the country.
Political analysts and labor unions have also praised the reorganization of the cabinet by the head of state.
The Union of Kenya Civil Servants is particularly impressed by the formation of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs which will be headed by former Principal Secretary for Agriculture Sisily Kariuki.
The UKCS in its expectations says it hopes the new Ministry will pay more attention to grievances of Kenyan workers.
The Tuesday evening reshuffle of the cabinet came in the wake of increased criticism on the performance of the Jubilee administration especially in the war against graft.
The president chose to start a new beginning by excluding in his 20 member line-up cabinet secretaries who had stepped aside even those who had been cleared by the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission.
They noted that the nomination of cabinet secretaries with a political background including Malindi MP Dan Kazungu an ODM MP and Cleopa Mailu, a renowned strategist for Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka was a reaffirmation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intent on building bridges in opposition strongholds.
They said the formation of the Ministry of Tourism was strategic in revamping the ailing tourism sector that has received a beating in recent times.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday made major changes to his cabinet in what is billed a major cabinet reorganization to ensure service delivery.
The President in the new arrangement has increased the number ministries from 19 to 20 ministries headed by a Cabinet Secretary while the number of Principal Secretaries increases from 26 to 41.
The Ministry of Mining has a new Cabinet Secretary the current Malindi MP Dan Kazungu, Prof. Judi Wakhungu retains her Environment docket.
Former MP Mwangi Kiunjuri replaces Anne Waiguru who recently resigned at the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Eugene Wamalwa has retained his Water and Irrigation.
The National Treasury is Henry Rotich while Dr. Hassan Wario retains the Ministry of Culture and Sports while former ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i moves to the Ministry of Education.
James Macharia moves from the Ministry of Health to that of Transport and Infrastructure. The Ministry of Agriculture has a new Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett who replaced suspended Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei. Gen.(Rtd) Joseph Nkaisery retains the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.
Amb. Amina Mohammed retains her Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation docket while former Principal Secretary Sicily Karimi Kariuki becomes the Cabinet Secretary for the newly created Public Service, Youth and Gender Ministry.
Former Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala moves to the Ministry of Tourism which now becomes an independent Ministry from that of East Africa Community and Tourism.
The Senator for Kericho Charles Keter is the new Cabinet Secretary for Energy replacing suspended CS Davis Chirchir. The Ministry of Health has a new Cabinet Secretary Cleophas Mwinzi. Phylis Kandie moves to the Ministry of Labour and East Africa Community while Amb. Raychelle Omamo retains her Defence Ministry docket.
Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi replaces suspended CS Charity Ngilu at the Ministry of Lands while Adan Mohammed retains his docket at the Ministry of Industrialization. The Attorney General is Prof. Githu Muigai.
By Kevin Wachira/Judith Akolo