NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced the resignation of Kenya’s intelligence chief Major-General Michael Gichangi “on personal grounds.”
There was no immediate replacement announced, but President Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Gichangi had been asked to stay on until a new appointment is made.
“His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta regrets to announce the resignation, on personal grounds, of Major-General Michael Gichangi as Director-General of the National Intelligence Service,” a State House dispatch sent to newsrooms late Thursday said, outlining other changes affecting Principal Secretaries and diplomatic heads.
State House described Gichangi’s career as “distinguished and colourful” spanning four decades in Kenya’s defence forces, where he rose through the ranks to Major-General.
He was appointed to head Kenya’s intelligence gathering in 2006 for a five-year term. His term in office was renewed in 2011.
“He has played his role as Director-General of NIS with commitment, dedication and professionalism, for which our country is grateful,” State House said, with President Kenyatta thanking him for “his distinguished service to the country.”
In changes affecting Principal Secretaries, Ambassador Monica Juma was named Principal Secretary at the Interior Ministry, replacing Mutea Iringo who was moved to the Defence Ministry.
Mwanamaka Amani Mabruki who has been Principal Secretary at the Ministry of East African Community has been moved to Devolution.
Also reshuffled was Fred Segor who was moved from Health to the Livestock Ministry, and his position taken over by Dr Khadijah Kassachoon.
Patrick Omutia was also named Principal Secretary for Mining.
The President also nominated ambassadors and transferred others, in his first major diplomatic changes since taking over office in April last year:
The appointments are as follows:
Robinson Githae – Washington DC
Chirau Ali Mwakwere – Dar es Salaam
Kiema Kilonzo – Ankara, Turkey
Sam Ongeri – Habitat
Richard Opembe – Dublin
Mohammud Mohammed – Riyadh
Lucy Chelimo – Ottawa
Dr George Masafu – Kinshasa
Professor Bitok – Khartoum
Joseph Magut- Berlin
Major-General Jeoff Otieno – Cairo
Galma M Boru – Doha
Isaac Njenga – Windhoek
Sheikh Dor – Muscat
Dr Karau – Geneva
Sophie Kadzo Kombo – Lusaka
Rukia Sugow – Tehran
Prof George Godia – UNESCO
President Kenyatta transferred the following ambassadors to new stations:
Amb Mohamed Gello – Seoul
Amb Lazarus Amayo – London
Amb John Lanasunya – Algiers
Amb Ali Abbas – Kuwait
Amb SK Maina – Tokyo
Lemorashira – Harare
Joseph Maikara – Luanda
Jean Kamau – Bangkok
The president also named the following as deputy ambassadors/deputy heads of mission
Bellianda Achieng Omino – New Delhi
Aggrey Shitsama – Station to be announced
Jane Waikenda – Pretoria (formerly director of Immigration)