Statement on Re-organization of Government

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Fellow Kenyans, the promulgation of the Constitution on 27th August 2010 and the subsequent general elections held under that Constitution ushered in a new dispensation for our country and a new way of doing business.  The Constitution of Kenya forms the new foundation upon which we are to build a more inclusive and cohesive Republic. A Republic in which people of all ethnicities, races and religions have an equal seat at the table and an equal voice on matters of the nation.

I am privileged to be the first President to oversee the full implementation of this Constitution.  This, of course ,means that my Administration is also the first to be faced with the unique challenges posed by the new constitutional order, particularly as we set out to deliver on the promises that we made to the people of this Nation. The last two and a half years of this journey have been extremely fruitful but at the same time we have had our fair share of challenges.

Having savoured our successes and having taken stock of our challenges and the time has now come to give my government’s development agenda fresh impetus and to give the Kenyan public a demonstrable example of my unwavering commitment to delivering on the promises of my Administration.

It is on this basis that I am announcing today the first of several far reaching structural and personnel changes that will go to the heart of the government. The changes are purposed to achieve four principle objectives.

The first objective is to enhance the efficiency of the public service. This will be done through fast tracking the adoption of technology, improving processes to reduce red tape, providing for better oversight and leadership at each level of government Administration.

The second objective is to ensure the accountability of public officials in the discharge of their mandate, this will be done by implementing the new Public Procurement legislation, better delineation of roles and responsibilities as relates to public expenditure and giving the necessary power and responsibility to accounting officers to make better decisions on budget management.

The third objective is to guarantee the accessibility of public officers to those whom they serve, this will be done by reducing the size of the dockets of state departments in to more manageable units and allowing those in charge to have better visibility of service delivery in their respective portfolios and more importantly to have time to engage with their key stakeholders as they execute the delivery of the government agenda.

The fourth and last objective is to review the effectiveness of government programmes and projects for the public good. This will be done by undertaking an audit of our short and medium term development deliverables to ensure that only those projects that have a direct impact on the socio-economic well being of the public make it through to the Cabinet for approval.

Fellow Kenyans, I will now turn to the specifics:-

Firstly, I have reviewed the scope of the existing ministries and I have increased the size of the Cabinet from the current 19 Ministries to 20 Ministries. I expect that this change will allow Cabinet Secretaries to focus better on their deliverables by eliminating some of the overlap that existed before and also through giving increased focus to important areas that will drive our economic growth. Each Ministry will be headed by a Cabinet Secretary.

Secondly, the role of state departments in each ministry has been identified as the key point of inflection for driving real change in the way we run government.  It is clear from our past experience that some departments were far too large and difficult to administer, in some cases they were not aligned to key government objectives. Therefore after extensive consultations with the Public Service Commission I have increased the number of state departments from the current 26 to 41 in order to address these deficiencies. It is my expectation that a large number of our anti-corruption initiatives will be implemented through these state departments, in particular the overhaul of all procurement departments within the ministries and the state corporations under them. Each state department will be headed by a Principal Secretary.

Lastly, I will on a separate date be announcing a reorganisation of the Executive Office of The President in order to create the necessary structures for the effective coordination of my Government and to improve my own ability to serve the Kenyan people more effectively. In this regard I will be signing a new executive order to reflect the changes to the coordination of national government entities. This will be circulated to all public servants within the next two weeks for their adherence.

I am now requesting the National Assembly to fast track the vetting and approval of those persons who are newly nominated as Cabinet and Principal Secretaries so that my team and I can get down to work as soon as possible.

Fellow Kenyans under the newly re-organised set up of Government, the following are the details of the Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries:-

 

CABINET SECRETARIES NOVEMBER 2015

  Ministry Name
1 Mining Dan Kazungu
2 Environment Prof Judy W Wakhungu
3 Devolution & Planning Mwangi Kiunjuri
4 Water & Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa
5 Finance – National Treasury Henry K Rotich
6 Sports Arts & Culture Dr Hassan Wario Arero
7 Education Dr Fred Okengo Matiangi
8 Transport & Infrastructure James Macharia
9 Agriculture Willy Bett
10 Interior Gen (Rtd)Joseph K Nkaissery
11 Foreign Affairs Amb Amina Mohamed
12 Public Service Youth & Gender Affairs Sicily Kanini Kariuki
13 Tourism Najib Balala
14 Energy & Petroleum Charles Keter
15 Health Dr Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu
16 Labour & EAC Affairs Phylis J K Kandie
16 Defence Amb Dr Raychelle Awuor Omamo
18 Lands Prof Jacob T Kaimenyi
19 Industrialization Adan Mohamed
20 ICT Joe Mucheru
21 Attorney General Prof Dr Githu Muigai

PRINCIPAL SECRETARIES NOVEMBER 2015

  Ministry Name
1 Agriculture Richard Lesiyampe
2 Arts, Culture Joe Okudo
3 Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang
4 Broadcasting & Telecommunications Sammy Itemere
5 Cooperatives Ali Noor Ismail
 6 Correctional Services Micah Powon
7 Defence Amb Peter K Kaberia
8 Devolution Mwanamaka Mabruki
9 EAC Integration Betty Chemutai Maina
10 Energy Eng. Joseph Njoroge
11 Environment Charles Sunkuli
12 Fisheries Prof Ntiba Micheni
13 Interior Eng. Karanja Kibicho
14 Youth and Public Service Lilian Omollo
15 Health Nicholas Muraguri
16 Housing & Urban Development Aidah Munano
17 ICT & Innovation Victor Kyalo
18 Industry & Enterprise Development Julius Korir
19 Infrastructure John Musonik
20 Foreign Dr Amb Monica Juma
21 International Trade Dr Chris Kiptoo
22 Irrigation Patrick Nduati Mwangi
23 Labour Khadija Kassachoom
24 Lands Mariam El Maawy
25 Livestock Dr Andrew K Tuimur
26 Maritime Commerce Nancy Karigithu
27 Mining Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Mahmud
28 National Treasury Kamau Thugge
29 National Water Services Fred Sigor
30 Natural Resources Dr Margaret Mwakima
31 Petroleum Andrew Kamau Nganga
32 Planning & Statistics Saitoti Torome
33 Public Works Dr Paul Maringa Mwangi
34 Social Security & Services Susan Mochache
35 Special Programmes Josepheta Mukobe
36 Sports Development Richard Ekai
37 Tourism Fatuma Hersi
38 Transport Wilson Nyakera Irungu
39 University (Higher) Education Prof Colleta Suda
40 Vocational & Technical Training Dr Dinah Jerotich Mwinzi
41 Gender Affairs Zeinab W Hussein
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