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President Uhuru makes changes, announces new government appointments

In what appears as a shot at improving service delivery to Kenyans while not losing focus on his legacy at the end of his tenure, President Uhuru Kenyatta has once more made changes in the government parastatal boards.

Through a gazette notice dated February 23 0221, the head of state made changes at the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) board, with Lewis Ngunyi now being the chairman.

Lewis is taking over from Hannah Muriithi who has been at the helm of the board since 2018 and will serve in that capacity for a period of 3 years.

The President also appointed Dr. Daniel Mbinda Musyoka as the Chairperson of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) taking over from Naftali Agata.

Sitoyo Lopokoi was also poached from the leading telecommunication company Safaricom, where he worked as Chief Financial Services Officer to be the chairperson of the board of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)

Lokopoi is going to replace the former, Eldoret East legislator Joseph Lagat.    

The changes come days after the head of state recently reshuffled his cabinet, in what saw a number of Chief Administrative Secretaries swapped with other new faces and young blood making it to the list.

They were sworn in on February 19th, 2021, at a ceremony conducted at the statehouse by the head of public service Dr. Joseph Kinywa.

The newly sworn-in CASs include Eric Simiyu Wafukho (National Treasury), Jackson Musyoka Kalla (Labour and Social Protection), Lawrence Angolo Omuhaka (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Co-operatives), and Prof. Japheth Ntiba Micheni (State Law Office and Department of Justice).

Others were former University of Nairobi student leader David Osiany (Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development), Dr. Sara Ruto (Education), Zachary Ayieko (Energy), and Alex Mburi Mwiru (Lands and Physical Planning).

During their recruitment, President Kenyatta reiterated the need for teamwork, and unity of purpose to help deliver on the government agenda and projects.

“We have a big task ahead of us, a task of completing programs and projects that we have already embarked on. I look forward to your contribution in fast-tracking them,” President Kenyatta noted.

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Written by Fred Orido

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