Rashid Achesa Mohammed has been appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The little-known Mohammed replaces Hassan Wario, who has now been handed a diplomatic assignment as Ambassador for Kenya in Austria. Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia retains his position as Principal Secretary.
Wario leaves after five years in charge of the Sports portfolio where successes during his tenure were clouded in scandals.
Mohammed, a former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) youth leader in Kakamega, takes up his new role at a time when the sector is in crisis following the withdrawal of betting firm SportPesa as the main sponsor of some of the country's top Federations and clubs.