Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenyatta Announces 12 More Cabinet Nominees

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President Kenyatta with Ambassador Raychelle Awour Omamo after being nominated for the post of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta released the names of 12 more cabinet nominees on Thursday (April 25th), leaving two posts still open. Kenyatta named four cabinet nominees on Wednesday, pledging to soon announce the nominees for the remaining 14 ministerial posts.

Businessman Adan Abdulla Mohamed is the nominee for Secretary of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development.

Anne Waiguru, who comes from an academic background and has experience in economics and public policy, is the nominee for Secretary of Devolution and Planning.

Ambassador Raychelle Awuor Omamo is the nominee for Secretary of Defence. She was the first woman chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya, served as Kenya's Ambassador to France, Portugal, the Vatican and the Republic of Serbia, and is Kenya's permanent delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Hassan Wario Arero, who holds a doctorate in anthropology, is the nominee for Secretary of Sports, Culture and the Arts.

Professor of periodontology Jacob Kaimenyi is the nominee for Secretary of Education.

Felix Kiptarus Koskei is the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. He has varied experience at the Kenya Posts and Telecommunication Corporation, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, and the Kenya National Highways Authority.

Civil engineer Michael S. M. Kamau is the nominee for Secretary of Transport and Infrastructure. He has served as a permanent secretary since October 2007 and was a key architect in the infrastructure upgrade in the past ten years.

Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor-Kandie is an investment banker and has served in several boards including the Kenya Revenue Authority. She is the nominee for Secretary of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.

Davis Chirchir is the nominee for Secretary of Energy and Petroleum. He previously served as a commissioner at the Interim Independent Electoral Commission and was general manager at Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.

Professor Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu holds a doctorate in energy resources management. She is the nominee for Secretary of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Najib Balala has previously served in four ministries and was a member of parliament for ten years. He is the nominee for Secretary of Mining.

Charity Kaluki Ngilu has ten years of banking experience, served as a parliamentarian for 20 years, and was Minister of Water and Irrigation and Minister of Health. She is the nominee for Secretary of Land, Housing and Urban Development.

Once the list of nominees is complete, the parliamentary committee on appointments will be able to determine if Kenyatta has met constitutional requirements for gender and regional representation in his cabinet.

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