The new cabinet secretaries should deliver to the expectations of Kenyans

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with the new Cabinet Secretaries after their swearing-in at State House, Nairobi Wednesday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first cabinet was finally sworn in sworn in on Wednesday on 15th May 2013. The 15 of the 16 cabinet secretaries took the oath of office in a ceremony presided over by the president who urged them to undertake their duties with integrity, professionalism and in a timely manner.

The cabinet secretaries were appointed after a thorough interview which letter saw them face the Parliamentary select committee on appointments before they were approved fit to hold the offices. The 16 are Ambassador Amina Mohammed who will now head the foreign affairs docket, Fred Matianga will be in charge of information communication and technology, James Macharia will now head the health ministry, Rachael Omamo was nominated to the Defence docket while Michael Kamau previously Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Roads was will now be the Cabinet Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Adan Mohammed who until his appointment was Barclay’s Africa Chief Administrative Officer was nominated to the docket of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. Other appointees include Anne Waiguru (Devolution and Planning), Felix Kiptarus Kosgey (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries), Judy Wakhungu (Water and Natural Resources), Hassan Wario (Sports and Culture), and Jacob Kaimenyi (Education), David Chirchir (Energy and petroleum), Henry Rotich (National Treasury )and Philis Chepkoskey who will be in charge of the East African Commerce and tourism docket  .

Charity Ngilu and Najib Balala who unsuccessfully vied for Kitui and Mombasa senatorial seats respectively will are also in the cabinet. Balala is now the Cabinet secretary for Mining while Charity Ngilu has been will head the Lands, Housing and Urban Development docket.

As the 16 cabinet secretaries now settle down they should realise that they have a huge task ahead of them and Kenyans will be looking up to them to deliver. They are tasked with making sure that the 100 day promises the jubilee team promised during the campaign period is achieved, especially with almost 30 days now gone.

The achievement of the Jubilee Manifesto, the budget and vision 2030 should be the key agenda as they take their offices.

The country has been going through so much transition, especially with the new constitution and Kenyans expect them to be on toes to ensure that they maintain the pace.

During the swearing in ceremony, the president asked the appointees to hit the ground running. He urged them to perform as Kenyan wanted a positive transformation in their social and economic lives. It is up to the cabinet secretaries to adopt what the president asked them to ensure the country achieves its target.

They should ensure that they are transparent and impartial in dispensing their duties and management of the national resources and Kenyans will be watching if they will be able time to deliver on their expectations and also to the expectation of Kenyans.

The president should also speed up the appointment of the remaining two cabinet secretaries for them to keep up with the new cabinet.

Nixon Kanali, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) Nairobi  




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