NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Civil Service head Francis Kimemia to continue serving as Secretary to the Cabinet to help steer the transition from the previous to the new regime.
The president also announced on Thursday that he had appointed former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Northern Kenya and Arid Lands, Lawrence Lenayapa, as the new State House Comptroller.
“In order to ensure a smooth and orderly transition from one administration to another we will propose Kimemia as the Secretary to Cabinet. I have appointed Lenayapa as Comptroller of State House,” he said.
Former president Mwai Kibaki’s State House was headed by four comptrollers during his 10-year tenure.
In 2012, he appointed diplomat Zachary Muburi-Muita after the office stayed vacant for about one year following Nelson Githinji’s transfer to Director of Tourism.
Githinji had served for two years and was the third comptroller after Hyslop Ipu and Matere Keriri who was appointed in 2003.
Kimemia is definitely not a darling of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy supporters as he was criticised and accused of campaigning for Kenyatta’s Jubilee alliance in the run up to the March 4 General Election.
Before Kimemia the docket was occupied by Ambassador Francis Muthaura who stepped aside when the International Criminal Court confirmed charges against him though his charges were dropped earlier this year.