In a recent statement on his social media account, Senator Samson Cherargei from Nandi expressed his confidence in President William Ruto’s inaugural Cabinet reshuffle, describing it as well-balanced and efficient.
Cherargei emphasized that these changes were necessary and performance-based.
“The 1st cabinet reshuffle by H.E Dr. Ruto, the appointment of ambassadors, and the appointment of the Government spokesperson have balanced the regions and, for the first time in Kenya, included Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in senior government positions,” Cherargei stated.
He also warned that non-performing Cabinet Secretaries should take heed, as the reshuffle reflects a clear message.
“The underlying changes are necessitated by performance. The writing is on the wall for the non-performing cabinet secretaries and those who perpetuate corruption and lethargy in their ministries,” Cherargei added.
The reshuffle saw notable changes, including the reassignment of Moses Kuria from the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry to the Ministry of Public Service, Performance & Delivery Management.
Rebecca Miano, the former CS for the East African Community, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, and Regional Development, replaced Kuria.
Alice Wahome took charge of the Ministry of Lands, formerly led by Zacharia Mwangi Njeru, who now heads the Water docket.
President Ruto also expanded the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary, headed by Musalia Mudavadi, to include the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, previously led by Alfred Mutua.
Mutua, in turn, was reassigned to the Ministry of Tourism and Heritage, renamed the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
Peninah Malonza, former head of the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, now leads the Ministry of East African Community, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, and Regional Development.
A new ministry, the Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts, and Heritage, was introduced, led by Aisha Jumwa, who previously held the Public Service, Gender, and Affirmative Action docket.
Additionally, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Arts, and Sports underwent reconstitution and is now named the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, continuing under the leadership of Ababu Namwamba.