Uhuru II Cabinet: which CS will pass integrity, efficiency test?
6 months ago, 3 Jan 01:26
President Uhuru Kenyatta's New Year's announcement that he will soon send his 22 Cabinet nominees to Parliament for vetting has sent wagging tongues wagging even faster about who's in and who's out. Uhuru said "in coming weeks" he would unveil his new administration to implement the Big Four and other transformative programmes. "I will expect these men and women to serve Kenyans without partiality and with the very highest standard of integrity and efficiency. They must prove themselves worthy of Kenyans' trust." Related content : That statement left many officials uneasy as they speculate about who will be axed. Many are said to be on the way out, yet aides to every CS that the Star interviewed expressed confidence their boss was solidly in. Uhuru has listed food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and inexpensive healthcare as the Big Four his administration will focus on. He intends create jobs for youth and transform Kenya economically, leaving a lasting legacy after his five-year tenure ends in August 2022. During his first term, Uhuru's administration was riddled with mega corruption scandals in which five Cabinet Secretaries and a number of PSs left government. Some ministers were mentioned in the EACC's 'List of Shame' Uhuru tabled in Parliament in March 2015. This time, Kenyatta wants to avoid economic scandals and the poor performance that dogged some ministries. Those CSs fired from government included then Charity Ngilu (Lands), now Kitui governor; Felix Koskei (Agriculture), Michael Kamau (Infrastructure and Roads), Kazungu Kambi (Labour) and Davis Chirchir (Energy). Other top officials shown the door were then Secretary to Cabinet, now Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia and PSs Mutea Iringo (Defence), Nduva Muli (Transport), Patrick Omutia (Mining) and James Teko (Water). They were later joined by former Planning and Devolution PS Peter Mangiti who was sacked over the National Youth Service scandal. According to State House sources, the President and DP Ruto are using performance in delivering the JP manifesto in deciding whom to sack and whom to retain. Those whose dockets don't earn at least 60 per cent will go. A quick review of the ministries reveals that none is safe from replacement or redeployment. The ministry of Education under Fred Matiang'i faced challenges in implementing the laptops to all Class One students within the first 100 days and afterwards. Some unsatisfied bidders challenged the tender for supply and it was not until 2016 that digital learning programme kicked off. Matiang'i, who took over the ministry in 2015 from now Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi, has played a key role in reforming and restoring quality to primary, secondary and higher institutions of learning. His leadership was tested by an epidemic of fire in secondary schools that led to widespread destruction of property, as the sector grappled with student indiscipline and disgruntlement. Kaimenyi's tenure at Lands has witnessed ups and downs, ranging from fighting cartels to the issuing title deeds to squatters and automating services. CS Hassan Wario of Sports, Culture and Arts has the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games ...
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