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Kenya – Uhuru’s cabinet; Gitau likely to head civil service

The Star (Nairobi)

PRESIDENT-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is already at work choosing his new Cabinet. He is due to be sworn on March 26, assuming the Supreme Court dismisses the Cord petition against the election.

Key elected politicians are now considering quitting their parliamentary positions to join executive government. However there are only 22 positions in the new Cabinet which have to be split 50-50 between Uhuru’s TNA party and Deputy President-elect William Ruto’s URP party.

Uhuru is supposed to cater for Charity Ngilu and Narc, while Ruto is suppose to provide for Najib Balala and his Republican Congress Party

Uhuru and Ruto have set up a team of TNA and   URP power brokers to look at Cabinet appointments that would cater for political interests while fulfilling constitutional   requirements. Charles Keter is heading the URP side while Jamleck Kamau is heading the TNA side.

Their meetings have been running late into the night. Uhuru’s nephew Jomo Gecaga appears to have already taken up the role of   Chief of Staff and Private Secretary and was at Uhuru’s side as he and Ruto met various delegations   since Monday.

State House political adviser Nancy Gitau,   who has been the overall coordinator of the Uhuru campaign, is likely to replace   Francis Kimemia as Head of Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary.

There   is still debate on who should be the head of the Presidential Press   Service and Government Spokesman. Uhuru’s current spokesman Munyori Buku is likely   to take up the role of PPS director but Muthui Kariuki is likely to be   replaced as spokesman.

Jamleck Kamau, Kigumo MP-elect, and Murugi Esther Murugi, Nyeri town MP-elect, are expected to resign   to take up Cabinet posts. Charles Keter, the Kericho Senator-elect, may also quit to join Cabinet.

He is   currently coordinating the URP side of the coalition with the elevation   of Ruto to Deputy President-elect. Finance minister Njeru Githae, who did not stand in the election after failing to get the TNA Kirinyaga governor nomination, is   set to remain at the Treasury.

On Tuesday, Uhuru and Ruto gave Githae   the Jubilee manifesto and asked him and his officials to start   preparing for its implementation. Yesterday the three met again and Githae briefed Uhuru on key priority areas.

Garissa   Township MP-elect Aden Duale may also quit to   either become Speaker of the National Assembly or to join the new Cabinet. Others in the race for plum government jobs include Charity Ngilu, Chirau   Mwakwere, Najib Balala and Joshua Kuttuny who all lost during the   elections.

Raphael Tuju and Eugene Wamalwa, who did not   contest any position, have both been proposed as possible cabinet secretaries for   Foreign Affairs.

However the Jubilee team is facing pressure from various  quarters to bring new dynamic faces in the Cabinet. In making their appointments, Uhuru and Ruto must also respect constitutional requirements for ethnic, regional and gender balance.

The Assumption to the Office of the  President Committee presented the Jubilee team a government structure of 21 ministries. The constitution allows for 22 ministries so another ministry can be created in future.

Several ministries have been merged and ministerial  functions restructured. According to the Committee, it will strengthen the  dispensing of public services to Kenyans.

In the proposal, the Ministry of National Security has merged Internal  Security with Defence. Its departments  will consist of the National Police Service Commission and the National Intelligence and  Defence Council.

The Agriculture Ministry has been combined with five other ministries and will be the largest  portfolio in the next government. It will take charge of 40 state functions and  have control over 42 parastatals.

The ministry has absorbed the current ministries of  Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Co-operatives, and Water and  Irrigation. Home Affairs docket  will take over the ministries of Immigration, National Heritage and Culture, Special  Programmes, and Development of Northern Kenya.

It will also take charge of the restructured Provincial Administration  including County Co-coordinators, District Commissioners, Chiefs, and Assistant  Chiefs.

The Ministry of Local Government has been renamed the Ministry of Devolution and  County Governments. The new docket combines the current ministries of Nairobi  Metropolitan and Local Government and will take charge of devolution.

The Ministry of East African  Community is likely to be merged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Roads with the Ministry of Public Works.

Industrialisation, Regional Development and Trade will now be under the proposed Ministry of  Trade and Industrialisation. Youth Affairs and Sports, Gender, Children and Social Development. Environment, Mineral Resources, Forestry and  Wildlife will be within the Ministry of Environment and Natural  Resources.

Basic Education and Higher Education will combine under the Ministry of Education. Public Health and Medical Services will  merge. However the Justice ministry will remain on its own as will Energy, Tourism, Transport, and Information and Communication. The Star