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Safaricom’s Waita joins OP, Juma replaces Kimemia

Nzioka Waita (R) with President Kenyatta and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore (C). Photo/ FILE

Nzioka Waita (R) with President Kenyatta and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore (C). Photo/ FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday nominated the Principal Secretary for Interior, Monica Juma, to the position of Secretary to the Cabinet replacing Francis Kimemia.

Ambassador Juma has served as an expert with numerous Governments and Inter-Governmental Organizations, including in the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on researching for the United Nations Security Council’s mandated Africa Union peace keeping operations in 2008.

She formerly served as Defence Principal Secretary but was swapped with the now suspended PS Mutea Iringo.

Kimemia has been dismissed after he was suspended from the position following the inclusion of his name in the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission graft list.

He has been accused of overseeing the illegal Sh1.1 billion tender award at the Internal Security ministry when he served as Permanent Secretary.

He has since termed the allegations facing him as baseless while urging the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to expedite the investigations.

Kimemia, a long serving administrator has also served as chairman of the powerful National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC).

He was also the Head of Public Service during former President Mwai Kibaki’s tenure but was later moved to Secretary to the Cabinet to help steer the transition from the previous to Kenyatta’s regime.

Also appointed is Nzioka Waita as Secretary of Delivery in the Executive Office of the President.

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Waita is currently serving as Director, Corporate Affairs at Safaricom Limited.

He joined the Company in 2001 as a Legal Officer responsible for Site Acquisition.

The names of the three nominees will be forwarded to Parliament for vetting.

“I look forward to the National Assembly, in line with its mandate, to vet the nominees as soon as possible,” the President said.

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