, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Roads Permanent Secretary Michael Kamau is the Jubilee government’s nominee to be the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Castle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
He has received extensive training in the field of engineering and management both locally and internationally.
Born in 1958, Kamau is married with two children and has been in the civil service since 1981.
He was seconded to Moi University in Eldoret for seven years between 1990 and 1998.
Kamau is registered as a Professional Consulting Engineer by Engineers Board of Kenya.
He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and also a fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management. Additionally, he is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Kamau has been a Permanent Secretary since October 2007 and a key architect in Kenya’s infrastructure upgrade in the last 10 years.
Among his key tasks would be to help the government of Uhuru Kenyatta to better Mwai Kibaki’s signature achievement on infrastructure projects such as the Thika Super Highway.
Among the projects he is expected to implement is the improvement of the rail network to upgrade the links between major cities. This will include building a new standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Malaba with a branch line to Kisumu in line with the Railway master plan.
According to the Jubilee manifesto, this is aimed at increasing the current freight transport by rail from five percent to at least 50 percent.
He is also expected to spearhead construction of a series of commuter railway networks in all major cities in Kenya including a link to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as well as to implement and actualise the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor.
Another infrastructure project promised by the Jubilee government is the restructuring and modernization of the ferry and inland water vessel services in Kenya creating linkages to the main ports and road networks.