NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have unveiled 12 other nominees to their 18-member Cabinet.
The new list has five women and seven men, bringing the number of women nominated so far to six, and men 10.
Raychelle Omamo, Ann Waiguru, Judi Wakhungu, Charity Ngilu and Phyllis Kandie were nominated on Thursday to the coveted Cabinet Secretary posts, joining Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs).
While Omamo has been tapped as the first woman in charge of the Defence docket, Waiguru has been nominated for Devolution and Planning.
Kenyatta picked energy expert Wakhungu to head the Environment, Water and Natural Resource docket, while veteran politician Ngilu was nominated for Land, Housing and Urban Development. Public finance expert Kandie is set to be the Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.
“We have taken great care to ensure that as much as possible we have reached all the corners of this country. We have tried to ensure that we have gender balance,” Kenyatta said.
Former Mvita MP and a partner in the Jubilee Coalition Najib Balala has been picked to be in charge of Mining, while Barclays Bank Chief Administrative Officer for Africa Adan Mohamed is to head the Industrialisation and Enterprise Development docket.
United Republican Party Secretary General Davis Chirchir is the nominee for Energy and Petroleum, as University of Nairobi Deputy Vice Chancellor Jacob Kaimenyi was nominated to the Education docket.
Former Roads Permanent Secretary Michael Kamau is the nominee Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure while National Museums of Kenya Director Hassan Wario is to become the Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts.
Felix Kiptarus Kosgey was nominated as Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries respectively.
While announcing the names on Thursday the Head of State said it was not easy to have full national representation because of the size of his 18 member Cabinet.
“Unfortunately unlike previously where the government was very large we have a reduced situation where it is not possible to say that everybody is going to be able to be captured,” he observed.
Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are yet to announce the nominees for two ministries- Interior and Coordination of National Government; and Labour, Social Security and Services.
“That is all we have for you for today,” he said.
On Tuesday, the two announced Fred Okengo, Henry Rotich, James Wainaina and Amina Mohammed as the Cabinet Secretaries in charge of ICT, the National Treasury, Health and Foreign Affairs respectively.