President William Ruto has announced a major Cabinet reshuffle affecting eight Cabinet Secretaries, as per Article 152(5)(a) of the Constitution.
Among the notable moves, Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria will now helm the Ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management. The reshuffle also saw Rebecca Miano, formerly of the East African Community (EAC) sector, take over the Trade and Industry docket previously held by Kuria.
Water Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome and Zachary Njeru of the Ministry of Lands exchanged positions. Additionally, Alfred Mutua has been shifted from Foreign and Diaspora Affairs to the Tourism and Wildlife ministry, while Aisha Jumwa will oversee the Ministry of Gender, Culture, Arts and Heritage.
The reshuffle is seen as a reflection of President Ruto’s commitment to enhance efficiency and effectiveness within his administration, sentiments previously echoed by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.
In the backdrop of these changes, the role of the Prime Cabinet Secretary has expanded to encompass the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs.
Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, affirmed the immediate effect of these changes, citing Article 152(5)(a) of the Kenyan Constitution as the basis for the President’s actions.
This decisive move follows just weeks after Mudavadi hinted at potential reassignments within the Cabinet. During an address on September 17, Mudavadi refrained from providing specifics but emphasized the President’s prerogative to make necessary changes in the best interest of the nation.
President Ruto’s focus on competency was evident in his earlier remarks on August 1, where he underscored the importance of information and understanding in running ministries efficiently.