Uhuru hosts Jubilee MPs for appraisal talks

December 15, 2015 1:46 pm
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The meeting at State House was expected to give a brief on the political and legislative progress of implementing the Jubilee agenda and plans for 2016/FILE
The meeting at State House was expected to give a brief on the political and legislative progress of implementing the Jubilee agenda and plans for 2016/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday hosted Members of Parliament from the Jubilee Coalition to review the government’s performance over the year.

The meeting at State House was expected to give a brief on the political and legislative progress of implementing the Jubilee agenda and plans for 2016.

The meeting comes on the eve of the National Assembly’s consideration of the President’s 33 new nominees for Cabinet and Principal Secretary positions.

In the new-look Cabinet, former Laikipia East Member of Parliament Mwangi Kiunjuri has been nominated as the Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary taking over from Anne Waiguru who resigned amid a storm over theft of monies at the NYS.

Kericho County Senator Charles Keter was nominated as the CS for Energy to take over from Davis Chirchir who was suspended eight months ago over corruption allegations.

Malindi MP Dan Kazungu also makes it to the Cabinet after President Kenyatta nominated him as the CS for Mining replacing Najib Balala who has been moved to the Ministry of Tourism in the same capacity.

The Google sub-Saharan Africa Country Manager for Kenya Joe Mucheru was nominated as the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) taking over from Fred Matiang’i who is now the CS for Education.

Prof Jacob Kaimenyi now heads to the Ministry of Lands.

Kenya Seed Company Managing Director Willy Bett has been nominated the CS for Agriculture replacing Felix Koskei who was also suspended over graft allegations.

Nairobi Hospital’s chief executive officer Dr Cleophas Mailu was been nominated to take over Health Ministry, replacing James Macharia who has since been moved to Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Former Agriculture Principal Secretary Sicily Kanini Kariuki has been nominated as CS for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.

Tourism and East African Affairs CS Phyllis Kandie was moved to the Ministry of Labour and Social Services replacing Kazungu Kambi who was also suspended over graft allegations.

The number of ministries was also increased from 19 to 20.

The House is also set to consider the nomination of Philip Kinisu, the designated chairperson of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and four other commissioners.

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, are also expected to receive a brief on taskforce they mandated to work out the merger of the Jubilee Coalition affiliate parties with December 19 as the tentative deadline for dissolution.

Former Kwanza MP Noah Wekesa and Meru County Senator Kiraitu Murungi have been chairing the negotiations that will see all the affiliate parties merge into one outfit to known us the Jubilee Party.

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