President Uhuru Fires Seven Cabinet Secretaries, Appoints Them as Foreign Envoys

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President Uhuru Fires Seven Cabinet Secretaries, Appoints Them as Foreign Envoys

Former presidential candidate James Ole Kiyapi has thrown cold water on President Uhuru Kenyatta's just released cabinet list.

Among the surprise ministries was the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) slot which he explained its primary role.

The beneficiaries of the newly created post include Former Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba who will the CAS Foreign Affairs, former Nairobi Woman Rep Rachael Shebesh who will be the CAS Public Service, Youth and Gender.

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Former Tana River Governor Hussein Dhado will be the CAS Devolution with Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa having ascended to the position of PS in the ministry.

"Chief Administrative Secretary will broadly be responsible for helping CS to coordinate running of affairs in respective ministries", Uhuru spoke was he released the full list.

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Unlike the previous cabinet which had 20 cabinet secretaries, Kenyatta this time round opted for 22 member-cabinet as he plans to deliver on his Big Four agenda - food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare - the pillars of his vision to transform the country economically.

Nine cabinet secretaries who served in Kenyatta's first term have been demoted from their influential positions of CS's to the less flowery Ambassadorial positions.

Rachel Omamo has been retained at the Defence ministry; Cecil Kariuki was moved to the health portfolio from Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs ministry.

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