Sabahi (Washington, DC)

15 August 2014

Kenya: Intelligence Chief Resigns, Kenyatta Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday (August 14th) announced that National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General Michael Gichangi has resigned for "personal reasons".

Gichangi was appointed in 2006 for a five year term and his appointment was renewed in 2011.

"Gichangi had a distinguished and colourful career spanning four decades in Kenya's defence forces, where he rose through the ranks to major general," Kenyatta said in a statement. "He has played his role as director general of NIS with commitment, dedication and professionalism, for which our country is grateful."

Kenyatta added that he has asked Gichangi to remain in the post until a replacement is found.

The president also announced a host of other personnel changes, including a reshuffle of eight principal secretaries, notably Mutea Iringo who moves from the Interior Ministry to the Ministry of Defence and Monica Juma who moves to the Interior Ministry.

Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia was also moved to the less powerful position of Secretary of the Cabinet, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Kenyatta said the changes were necessary in order to improve service delivery and "realign the assignment of portfolio responsibility of the government".

Kenyatta also announced former Finance Minister Njeru Githae as the Kenya's new Ambassador to the United States, filling a post that has been vacant for a year.

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