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President Kenyatta names more Cabinet secretaries

Friday January 26 2018

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced creation of position of Chief Administrative Secretary in all ministries.

The president also named more Cabinet secretaries.

Veteran journalist Farida Karoney was named CS Ministry of Lands, Prof Margaret Kobia is the nominee for Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, while Mr John Munyes was named CS Petroleum and Mining.


Ms Monica Juma was appointed to replace Ms Amina Mohamed as Foreign Affairs CS.

Former Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba will be Ms Juma's Chief Administrative Secretary and Macharia Kamau the Principal Secretary.


Ms Mohamed was moved to head the Education Ministry.

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya was appointed East Africa Community CS, Mr Rashid Mohammed will be Sports and Heritage CS and Mr Simon Chelugui (Water and Sanitation).

Former Water CS Eugene Wamalwa was moved to Devolution Ministry while former Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko was appointed Environment CS.

Cecily Kariuki was moved from Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs to head the Health Ministry.

Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju was named a CS without a portfolio.

President Kenyatta retained James Macharia as Transport CS, Joe Mucheru at Ministry of ICT and Adan Mohammed as head of Industrialisation docket.

Former Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh was appointed Chief Administrative Secretary in the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Ministry.


Former Environment CS Judi Wakhungu was named Kenya envoy to France, Mr Dan Kazungu to head to Tanzania, Ms Phyllis Kandie (Belgium), Mr Willy Bett (India) and Hassan Wario to Austria.

Mr Jacob Kaimenyi who was Land’s CS was made Kenya’s envoy to Unesco, while former Health CS Cleopa Mailu has been appointed Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva.

Other appointees are Mr Kiema Kilonzo who was named Kenya’s ambassador to Ghana while Mr Lazarus Amayo was appointed to head Kenya's UN mission in New York City.

Here is the list of Cabinet secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries named by President Uhuru Kenyatta:

Cabinet secretaries

  • Farida Karoney – Lands

  • Monica Juma – Foreign Affairs

  • Margaret Kobia – Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

  • Amina Mohamed – Education

  • Sicily Kariuki – Health

  • Fred Matiang’i – Interior

  • John Munyes – Petroleum and Mining

  • Eugene Wamalwa – Devolution

  • Simon Chelgui – Water

  • Keriako Tobiko – Environment

  • Adan Mohammed – Industrialisation

  • Mwangi Kiunjuri – Agriculture

  • Rashid Mohammed – Sports

  • Najib Balala – Tourism

  • Ukur Yattani – Labour

  • Peter Munya – East African Community

  • James Macharia – Transport

  • Joseph Mucheru – ICT

  • Henry Rotich – Treasury

  • Raphael Tuju – (without portfolio)

    Chief administrative secretaries

  • Patrick Ntutu - Interior

  • Ababu Namwamba - Foreign Affairs

  • Rachel Shebesh - Youth and Gender

  • Hussein Dado - Devolution

  • Chris Obure - Transport

    Principal secretaries

  • Macharia Kamau - Foreign Affairs
  • Lilian Omolo - Youth and Gender
  • Andrew Kamau - Petroleum and Mining
  • Charles Sunkuli- Environment
  • Paul Maringa - Transport