Cabinet: Uhuru picks four fresh faces

Kenyatta picked seasoned diplomat Amina Mohammed as the next Secretary for Foreign Affairs, picking her from the United Nations where she has been serving as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Director General for the United Nations Environment Programme/PPS

Kenyatta picked seasoned diplomat Amina Mohammed as the next Secretary for Foreign Affairs, picking her from the United Nations where she has been serving as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Director General for the United Nations Environment Programme/PPS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled four of his 18 Cabinet Secretary nominees.

Kenyatta picked seasoned diplomat Amina Mohamed as the next Secretary for Foreign Affairs, pulling her out of the United Nations where she has been serving as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Director General for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mohamed previously served as a Permanent Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs for a number of years under Mwai Kibaki’s government.

Dr Fred Okengo Matiang’i – who hails from Borabu and is also a governance expert – was nominated Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology.

The head of macro-economics at the Treasury Henry K Rotich has been nominated Secretary for the National Treasury, while NIC Bank Group Managing Director James Wainaina Macharia will take the mantle at the Ministry of Health.

These nominees will now undergo vetting by the newly constituted 28-member Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.

President Kenyatta said the selection of the nominees was informed by the Constitutional requirements; the need to reflect the country’s diversity and quest to have capable people who will take the country to the next level of development.

“We want to put in place a government that has the capacity to deliver on the pledges made by the Jubilee coalition, transform the country and improve the lives of Kenyans,” Kenyatta said.

The president said he released the names of the four nominees to allow Parliament’s newly formed Committee on Appointments to start the vetting process while the remaining Cabinet Secretary nominees will be named later.

President Kenyatta who fielded questions from Journalists covering the event at State House insisted that it was not a challenge coming up with the 18 names, maintaining that it was a great pleasure meeting the many individuals interested in the positions.

“For us it is a process of going through the names and coming up with a group that can work together. We want to do things differently and not just to look at the CVs, but we have to meet the individuals and know them and their vision for Kenya,” he said adding that he was not under any pressure to have certain individuals on the list.

The Head of State also revealed that there will be a list of new envoys to foreign missions once the Cabinet is constituted although he did not reveal the time projections for having the names of all the 18 nominees.

He pledged to form a Cabinet that will reflect the face of the nation, the best amongst professionals in the various sectors and not reward those who supported the Jubilee coalition in the campaign leading to his election.

LORDRICK MAYABI

Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.

  • Francis

    While i applaud the nominees as men/woman of great intellect and professionalism i still hold that H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Deputy president Ruto do not heed the extremists who advocate none inclusion of politicians in the line-up. It will be a sad day were the two to completely leave out especially those “BRAVE POLITICAL SOLDERS” who lost their seats not because they were not popular but because of their sacrifice to support the jubilee cause.A true general will never leave the injured/hurt in war.I have in mind Hon. J.Kilimo a true fighter and brave lady-The hon. C.Ngilu whose fight for reform and multiparty democracy against the Kalonzos of Ukambani in those days was at personal risk- The hon. Balala who stood up to KANU in the cost and performed excellently as minister for tourism.The hon. Prof. Ongeri a man who has served our country with honor and dedication.He has never let party politics cloud his patriotic duty as a statesman and has stood up for what he believes as the right politics at personal political cost.There must be a blend of both politics and pure career professionalism in the cabinet/government.More so because all principal secretaries will be career professionals and hence cabinet secretaries need only be good leaders/chairmen/women of the boards so to speak.

  • popq

    We need performance not politics. Kenyans can’t eat politics but we can eat results. Politicians should stick to politicking.

  • nyakenda

    Now since it appears the digital duo want to release the names in quadruplets, I suggest the next four in terms of priority and importance to the nation should be Internal Security, Devolution and Planning, Education and Agriculture. The next four should be Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Defence, Youth and Sports and Transport and Infrastructure. Then the other six can follow.