Kenya reshuffles cabinet to boost service delivery

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-14 20:47:10|Editor: ZX
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NAIROBI, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday announced a cabinet reshuffle amid quest to inject vitality in delivery of public service, as new nominees took over critical dockets like, agriculture, national treasury, defense, trade and foreign affairs.

"The changes in cabinet are intended to enhance service delivery in line with our goal of transforming the country, "Kenyatta said during a televised address in the coastal city of Mombasa.

He announced the reorganization of the government through merging departments in ministries that are key to the attainment of a long-term development blueprint that includes agriculture, trade and industry.

"Moving forward, I have made changes and reorganized the government to ensure citizens are served in an efficient manner," said Kenyatta.

Kenyatta dropped Mwangi Kiunjuri, cabinet secretary for agriculture and replaced him with Peter Munya who previously headed the industrialization docket.

He named Raychelle Omamo as the new cabinet secretary for foreign affairs to replace Monica Juma who was moved to the ministry of defense while confirming Ukur Yatani as the new cabinet secretary for national treasury and planning.

Kenyatta also nominated Mutahi Kagwe, a former Senator from central Kenyan county of Nyeri, as the new cabinet secretary for health and named Betty Maina the new cabinet secretary in charge of industrialization.

The two nominees will, however, undergo vetting by the national assembly before taking up their ministerial duties.

The Kenyan leader also nominated six new principal secretaries who will also undergo vetting by parliament before assuming their new responsibilities as stipulated in the constitution.

Kenyatta said that the appointment of youthful departmental heads is expected to inject dynamism and meritocracy in government as the implementation of his flagship development blueprint gathers steam.