President Kibaki retains 24 PSs
Published on April 22, 2008, 12:00 am
By Ben Agina
President Kibaki slightly tinkered with the Civil Service as The Standard exclusively reported on Sunday, retaining at least five PSs, who should have been retired, among them Mr Francis Muthaura, as he sought to keep the sector intact.
A career diplomat and civil servant, Muthaura will now be expected to oversee the delicate transition process as Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet. The President also retained Prof Karega Mutahi (Education), Mr Patrick Nyoike (Energy), Mr Joseph Kinyua (Finance), Mr David Stower (Water and Irrigation) and Mr Wanjuki Muchemi (Solicitor-General).
Up to 24 permanent secretaries from the old dispensation were retained.
|Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a Kenya National Commission on Human Rights official, Mr Hassan Omar Hassan, address the Press at Treasury Building, Nairobi, on Monday. Raila told the Civil Society to play a watchdog role and check on the Government.|
In the changes that took Kibaki one more step into concluding the formation of the Grand Coalition Government, the Head of State dropped Mr Cyrus Gituai (Internal Security), Mr Gerishon Ikiara (Transport), Mr Zachary Mwaura (Defence), Ms Rachel Arunga (Special Programmes), Ms Rachel Dzombo (Sports) and Mr Mahboub Maalim (Water).
The position of Advisor/Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, previously held by Mr Stanley Murage, was scrapped. His name did not feature in the new line up.
Last night, there were at least three clear signs of direct political influence in the appointments by President Kibaki and the Prime Minister, Mr Raila Odinga.
Raila appeared to have pushed for the elevation of Dr Mohammed Isahakia as PS in the PM’s office and Mr Caroli Omondi, who becomes Administration Secretary in the same office.
Isahakia served as ODM head of secretariat and personal assistant to Raila, while Omondi was the liaison officer for the Orange party at the mediation talks. He is also understood to be a benefactor of the party.
University of Nairobi don, Dr Ludeki Chweya, may also not shake off the political appointee tag, having been in PNU’s think-tank in the campaigns and electioneering period last year. He is now the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State for Home Affairs in the Office of the Vice-President.
ODM-Kenya’s Mr Daniel Maanzo was also rewarded after waging a war of attrition with party boss and Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, over the failure to nominate him to Parliament.
The extent of consultation between Kibaki and Raila in picking the new-look Civil Service remained unclear. It came ahead of a crucial meeting today between the two leaders and Rift Valley MPs, where there were loud murmurs over the manner in which the coalition Cabinet was picked.
In the new line up, Ms Nancy Kirui replaces Mwaura at Defence, while Mr Francis Kimemia takes over the mantle from Gituai at Internal Security and Provincial Administration.
Former DC, Mr Kenneth Lusaka, is the Secretary in charge of Administration in the Internal Security ministry. The head of Presidential Press Service (PPS) has also been elevated from a directorship to the level of Permanent Secretary. Mr Isaiah Kabira stays in charge.
There were no changes at the Ministry of Finance as Mr Joseph Kinyua is still the PS, Mr Mutua Kilaka (Finance Secretary), Ms Esther Koimett (Investment Secretary) and Dr Kamau Thuge (Economic Secretary).
The Public Communications Secretary and Government Spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, was also retained.
Former Director of Medical Services, Dr James Nyikal, was promoted to PS in the Public Health and Sanitation ministry. The new DMS is Dr Francis Kimani.
In the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture, the PS is Mr Seno Nyakenyanya, while the Secretary of Culture is Mr Said Athman.
Also rewarded after her name was removed from the Ford-Kenya nomination list to Parliament is Ms Beatrice Naliaka Wasike, who is now the PS in the Ministry of Labour. Mr Murugu Kinuthia has been retained in the Youth and Sports ministry.
The PS in the Ministry of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 is Dr Edward Sambili. Mr Titus Ndambuki has also retained his position in the Ministry of State for Public Service. Permanent Secretary, Public Sector Reforms and Performance Contracting is Mr Richard Ndubia.
In the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Trade, the PS is Mr Silas Njiru, while the Secretary of External Trade is Mr Simon Chacha Nyangi.
Former Telkom Managing Director, Mr Samuel Kirui, is now the PS in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government. Mr Kirui takes over from Mr Solomon Boit who was dropped.
Mr David Nalo is now the East African Community PS, while Mr Thuita Mwangi has been retained in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs minsitry has a new PS in Ms Amina Mohammed. She replaces Ms Dorothy Angote, who has been moved to the Ministry of Lands in the same capacity.
Dr Kithure Kindiki becomes the Secretary, National Cohesion.
The former Chief Architect at the Ministry of Public Works, Mr Philip Onyango, has been promoted to PS in the new Ministry of National Metropolitan Development. The Secretary of Physical Planning in the ministry is Mr John Ndirangu Maina.
Mr Michael Kamau has been confirmed as the PS Ministry of Roads. The PS of Public Works is Mr Mark Bor, while Mr Gideon Mulyungi is the Secretary of Works.
The Ministry of Transport has a new PS in Mr Abdulrazak Aden Ali, replacing Mr Gerishon Ikiara who has been retired.
The PS for Water and Irrigation is Mr David Stower. He has been taken back to his old ministry after a stint at the Ministry of Regional Development.
Dr Bitange Ndemo has been retained as the PS of the Information and Communication ministry, while Mr Patrick Nyoike remained at the Ministry of Energy.
The PS in the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife is Mr Kombo Mwero, while his counterpart at the Ministry of Livestock Development is Dr Jacob ole Miaron.
Other retained in their positions are Prof James ole Kiyiapi (Environment and Mineral Resources), Ms Rebecca Nabutola (Tourism), Dr Romano Kiome (Agriculture), Prof Karega Mutahi (Education), Prof Crispus Kiamba (Higher Education, Science and Technology), Mr Tirop Kosgey (Housing), Mr Emannuel Kisombe (Immigration and Registration of Persons) and Mr Wanjuki Muchemi (Solicitor-General).
Prof Micheni Ntiba is the PS in the Ministry of Fisheries Development, while Mr Carey Orege, who was formerly Chief Engineer Roads, is the PS in the Ministry of Regional Development Authorities.
The PS Ministry of Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands is Dr Hukka Wario, while PS Ministry of Industrialisation is Prof Krop Lonyangapuo. The Secretary for Industrialisation is Dr John Musonik.
The PS for Special programmes is Mr Ali Dawood.
The Ministry of Gender and Children Development PS is Ms Leah Adda Gwiyo, while Prof Jacqueline Oduol is the Secretary for Children Affairs.
Mr Hyslop Ipu remains the Private Secretary/Comptroller of State House, while Dr Julius Monzi Muia is the Secretary, National Economic and Social Council.
The principal Administrative Secretary in the Cabinet Office is Mr Sam Mwale.