January 26, Nairobi
By Brian Peter
Seven former cabinet secretaries are missing in the list of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term cabinet!
When unveiling the long awaited second list of cabinet secretaries, the president stroke out Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Cleopa Mailu (Health), Dan Kazungu (Mining), Phylis Kandie (Labour), Willy Bett (Agriculture), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands) and Hassan Wario (Sports) from the list but reassigned them duties in elsewhere, in foreign missions.
Dan Kazungu has been moved to Tanzania as the High Commissioner, Judy Wakhungu as the ambassador to France,Phylis Kandie ambassador to Belgium, Willy Bett ambassador to India, Jacob Kaimenyi assigned to UNEP and Hassan Wario assigned to Austria.
Former politician Kiema Kilonzo has also been named Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda while Lazarus Amayo lands a deal at the United Nations.
The president also created petroleum and mining cabinet post and appointed former Turkana Senator John Munyes as the Cabinet Secretary.
The appointments come after days of pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to name the list of men and women to help the fulfil their promises in last leg of Uhuru’s term.
The list of President Kenyatta’s cabinet now stands complete as follows:
1. Margaret Kobia CS Public service.
2. John Munyes CS petroleum mining.
3. Eugene Wamalwa CS devolution.
4. Racheal Omamo CS Defense.
5. Monica Juma CS foreign affairs. 6. Ababu Namwamba adminstration secretary.
7.Simon Chelugui CS Water.
8. Kiraiko Tobiko CS environment
9. Aden Mohammed CS Industrialization.
10.James Macharia CS transport.
11. Joseph Mucheru CS ICT.
12.Sicily Kariuki CS health
13. Rashid Achesa CS Sports.
14. Najib Balala CS tourism.
15. Amina Mohammed CS education.
16. Farida Karoney Cs lands
17. Ukkur Yattany CS Labour
18. Peter Munya CS EAC
Former CSs turned ambassadors:
Judy wakhungu France
Kiema kilonzo Uganda
Lazarus Amaio UN
Willy Bett India
Dan Kazungu – Tanzania
Jacob Kaimenyi – UNESCO in Paris Phylis Kandie – Belgium and Luxembourg
Hassan Wario – Austria
Cleopha Mailu – Permanent Rep to UN in Geneva