President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, 17th February, made changes affecting eight Principal Secretaries and appointed eight new Chief Administrative Secretaries.
In the new changes announced last night, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang was transferred to the State Department for Regional and Northern Corridor Development.
Dr Kipsang was replaced by Dr Julius Ouma Jwan, who was the PS for Vocational and Technical Training, which has now been taken over by Dr Margaret Mwakima, who was PS for Northern Corridor.
Andrew Kamau was reassigned to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Francis Owino to the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy. Julius Korir took over as PS State Department for Devolution, Peter Kaberia was posted to the State Department for Industrialisation from the Sports ministry.
Immediate former PS State Department for Devolution Charles Talengo Sunkuli was appointed PS State Department for Youth Affairs.
Zack Kinuthia was appointed CAS under the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage. He has been the CAS for Education. Hassan Noor Hassan is the new Education CAS.
Dr Sarah Ruto of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development was also appointed as CAS in the Education sector.
The Head of State also named new Cabinet Adminstrative Secretaries, including former University of Nairobi student leader David Osiany, who becomes Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development CAS.
Other new CASs are Eric Simiyu Wafukho (National Treasury and Planning), Lawrence Musyoka Kalla (Agriculture), Japheth Ntiba Micheni (State Law Office), Zachary Ayieko (Energy) and Alex Mburi Mwiru (Lands)
The President also announced the merging of the State Mining Department with that of Petroleum to form a single State Department within the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.
The reshuffle is a presidential action that seeks to foster operational efficiency and expedite the implementation of various ground-breaking reforms that shall make Ministries and State Departments more effective and better able to deliver on their mandates.
The changes are also in recognition of the momentous task of setting the foundation for building back better, as Kenya rebounds from the socio-economic shocks of the Coronavirus pandemic.