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Uhuru does it differently

24 April 2013, 20:32 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta said he wants to do things differently and openly as he unveiled the four names of nominees to Cabinet Secretary posts.

The President and his deputy William Ruto went for fresh faces that have not been in the politics.

The nominees to make the first part of Jubilee government are newcomers from the private sector, international organisations and top cream civil servants.

Below are their qualifications.

James Wainaina Macharia

Macharia is the nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health.

He attained B. Com (Hons) University of Nairobi.

He trained as a Chartered Accountant in London after he was selected by Deloitte & Touche on merit in 1983.

Macharia attained MBA Degree from Henley Management College, UK.

He worked as a banker with Standard Chartered Bank in 1989, rising to become Financial Controller in 1994.

He worked in Zambia as Managing Director, African Banking Corporation, and later transferred to Tanzania.

He has been Group Managing Director with NIC Bank from 2005 to-date.

Dr. Fred Okengo Matiangi

Born in Borabu, Matiangi is the nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology.

He is a former lecturer at Egerton University and the University of Nairobi.

He has been a researcher and has previously consulted for among others the World Bank, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations Development Programme.

Matiangi is a governance and programme implementation expert and the immediate former Country Director of the Kenya Parliamentary Support Programme.

He has been the Eastern Africa regional Representative for the Centre for International Development, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the State University of New York.

Henry Rotich

Rotich is the nominee for Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury.

He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi.

He has headed Macroeconomics at the Treasury, Ministry of Finance, since March, 2006.

He has participated in formulating macroeconomic policies that ensure an affordable and sustainable path of public spending aimed at achieving the Government’s development priorities.

He prepares key budget documents including the Budget Statements, as well as providing strategic coordination of structural reforms in the area of fiscal and financial sector.

Rotich has worked at the Central Bank of Kenya and at one time, he was attached to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) local office in Nairobi to work as an economist.
He has also consulted as a short-term macroeconomic expert in the region.

Amina Mohamed

Amina is the nominee for Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She is the assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme at Nairobi.

Amina is former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs and former Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations at Geneva.

She is a lawyer and diplomat by profession and has also served as a public.

She has been in the Ministries of Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Justice.

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