HEAD of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia is likely to become the new Minister of Defence and National Security, if the Jubilee government led by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is confirmed.
Sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations told the Star that Kimemia will be elevated as State House political adviser Nancy Gitau will become the new Secretary to the Cabinet.
Kimemia was previously the PS in the Ministry of Internal Security and Provincial Administration. He became the Head of Public Service when Francis Muthaura stepped aside to attend to his ICC case in January 2012.
As Uhuru continues to shape up his government, private sector executives are also being considered for top jobs in government including Permanent Secretaries. He said the Jubilee coalition is considering appointing professionals rather than politicians.
Business leaders met Uhuru and his Deputy President-elect William Ruto on Wednesday and expressed their desire to be involved in the running of government.
“We have people here with expertise and knowledge gained from working for a number of years and in different sectors which could be pivotal in running your government,” Kenya Private Sector Alliance chairman Patrick Obath told Uhuru and Ruto.
Uhuru told them that he wanted an all-inclusive government and promised to have them considered for jobs including Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries.
“We also need an individual to be permanently stationed in the Office of the President with whom we can engage on a daily basis to ensure continuous dialogue between the government and the private sector,” Uhuru told the business leaders.
Obath, his vice-chair and Bidco CEO Vimal Shah, former chairman of the Nairobi Stock Exchange Jimnah Mbaru, former Kenya Commercial Bank boss Martin Oduor-Otieno, Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni, former KWS boss Julius Kipng’etich, Adopt-Alight founder Esther Passaris , are among the business leaders being considered for government jobs.
Some of the business leaders will land advisorial roles in the Office of the President and that of the Deputy President.
Uhuru has specifically insisted that those appointed to government jobs must have the necessary expertise and knowledge and that the selection must be made on merit.
Uhuru and Ruto are getting in touch with organisations such as Kenya Association of Women Business Owners, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions, Kepsa and religious organisations to get input on the new government structures, especially the devolved governments.
The two are also keen on certain pillars of Vision 2030, especially on vocational training, small and medium-size enterprises and industrialisation.
Uhuru and Ruto also want to reach out to areas where Jubilee did not get a large number of votes, especially Nyanza, Western and Coast regions.
They have asked their aides to put together a list of politicians and technocrats who can be included in the Jubilee government, if the Supreme Court upholds Uhuru’s election.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Githu Muigai yesterday said that Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and other Cabinet ministers are in office legally.
The AG’s position differed from the chairman of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Charles Nyachae, who told government this week that their term had come to an end with the elections. Nyachae said only President Kibaki remained legally in office.
In a letter to Kimemia, Muigai said President Kibaki, Odinga and the Vice President will remain in office until a new president takes over.
In the legal advice to Kimemia, the AG said all ministers will cease to hold office only when new ministers are appointed to take over their roles.
“This provision would therefore require the Prime Minister, Vice President, Deputy PMs and other ministers to continue to hold office until an incoming President has appointed a new Cabinet to provide continuity in the administration of the Government,” Muigai said in his legal opinion. star