President Uhuru Kenyatta with Cabinet nominee Hon. John Munyes. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Cabinet nominee Hon. John Munyes. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Friday declaration that made public his partial cabinet has left many tongues wagging.

In one of the most shaking cabinet structure reforms President Kenyatta dropped 13 men and women who from his first Cabinet

Those left out include Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Sicily Karuiki (Public Service, Youth and Gender), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Dan Kazungu (Mining), Hassan Wario (Sports), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Willy Bett (Agriculture), Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation), Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation), Phyllis Kandie (Labour) and Cleopa Mailu (Health).

The President retained only six Cabinet Secretaries and nominated three fresh faces in what he termed as a move to include persons who were able to help his government deliver on his campaign pledges.

They include Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Charles Keter (Energy), Joseph Mucheru (ICT), James Macharia (Transport) and Fred Matiang’i (Interior and Coordination of National Government and acting Education) and Najib Balala (Tourism).

Here is a sample of Kenyan’s reactions to the executive tilt in Uhuru’s second term:

What next to notable cronies and foot soldiers who seem to have been wiped off?

Has President Kenyatta disregarded the significance of female CSs in his squad? 

What does Mailu’s sack has to do with the recent shisha ban?

Why was DP William Ruto missing in action as his comrade was on screens making a critical pronouncement?

Ambassador Amina Mohammed out! We can’t connect the dots Mr President

State House spokesman on Saturday clarified that all Cabinet Secretaries remain in office until President Kenyatta completes assembling his second term team.

“In the coming days, His Excellency the President will complete the task of assembling the team to serve in his second term of office, guided by merit, integrity, commitment to service, and in terms of the Constitution,” Esipisu noted.

Meanwhile, National Assembly majority Leader Aden Duale confirmed that the 6 cabinet secretaries who have been retained by President Uhuru Kenyatta will not have to undergo fresh vetting in the house.

 

The four key props Uhuru’s second term seeks to bolster are food security, affordable housing, expanding manufacturing and affordable health care for all.

The 2010 Constitution allows for a maximum of 22 Cabinet Secretaries which means the President still has 13 slots to fill.

It is expected that his decision on the remaining CSs slots will mainly hinge on gender, regional and affiliate party parity.