, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Chirau Ali Mwakwere has made a comeback to the Cabinet in fresh changes announced by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday afternoon.
The Matuga MP has been posted to the lucrative Trade Ministry, whose former in-charge Amos Kimunya moves to Transport.
In other changes, the President has swapped Dr Naomi Shaban and Esther Murugi in their ministerial dockets.
Dr Shaban now becomes Minister for Gender, Children and Social Development while Mrs Murugi takes up the Special Programmes docket.
Amason Jeffah Kingi has been moved from the East African Community ministry to that of Fisheries Development.
The EAC docket has been given to Professor Hellen Sambili whose previous Youth and Sports docket will be headed by Paul Otuoma.
Mr Otuoma was previously the Minister for Fisheries.
The President has also filled the vacant Trade Assistant Minister’s position that was formerly occupied by ex-South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara.
The new Bomachoge legislator Simon Ogari inherits the trade portfolio.
Also appointed is Professor Margaret Kamar (Eldoret East) as Assistant Minister for Environment and Mineral resources. Professor Kamar was a strong supporter of the Yes camp during the August 4 referendum, going against a ‘No’ wave in the Rift Valley.
The principals have kept their pledge to retain opponents of the new Constitution in the Cabinet following Monday’s changes.