Uhuru names only four Cabinet Secretaries
24 April 2013, 07:57
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening named only four out the 18 Cabinet Secretaries he was widely expected to unveil.
Instead, Uhuru said the full Cabinet would be announced after further consultations, sharpening Kenyans keenness to know who will make it into cabinet.
He said his office and that of his deputy Willam Ruto were still reviewing candidates for the remaining portfolios.
"We are working together and we hope to move the country forward," Uhuru said.
The nominees announced are Fred Matiangi (ICT), Henry Rotich (National Treasury), James Macharia (Health) and Amina Mohamed, who will be in charge of Foreign Affairs if he parliament endorses his nomination.
The entire cabinet will be made up of 22 Cabinet secretaries and 22 deputies, besides the President, his deputy and the country's Attorney General Githu Muigai.
The nominees will now be vetted by Parliament before taking oath and assuming office.
The vetting will focus on candidates' academic credentials, professional training and experience, personal integrity and background.
Last Friday, Ruto denied claims announcement of Cabinet was been delayed by behind the scenes jostling for portfolios.
"His Excellency the President has an assignment of Kenyans. He is engrossed in assembling a Cabinet of men and women of integrity," Ruto said after attending service at the Winners Chapel Church in Nairobi.
There have been claims allies of Uhuru and Ruto had locked horns over the sharing of plum cabinet portfolios.
According to a pre-election agreement signed by Uhuru's The National Alliance party and Ruto's United Republican Party, the two leaders are to share government positions on a 50-50 basis, including the Cabinet.
"There seems to have been some discord on the sharing of some slots. Again, there are jitters over the integrity of some people whose names had been flouted," a credible source within government told CAJ News last week.
Apart from Cabinet Secretaries, Uhuru and Ruto will appoint ambassadors and close to 40 Principal Secretaries (previously known as Permanent Secretaries) to serve in the new amalgamated ministries.
All appointees will be vetted by parliament.
This will be a shift from the past where all senior appointments were the sole prerogative of the President.
- CAJ News