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President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled his government structure yesterday – Appointment of Cabinet Secretaries to follow

Posted by African Press International on April 19, 2013

Uhuru Kenyatta takes oath of office as Kenya's fourth president on April 9, 2013. Photo/AFP

Uhuru Kenyatta taking oath of office on the 9th of April 2013  as Kenya’s fourth president.

President Kenyatta yesterday unveiled his government structure reducing the number of ministries from 44 to 18.

To manage the restructuring, the president some was forced to put together some of the ministries that was created by the former government.

During former President Kibaki‘s second term in office, the Grand coalition expanded the number of ministries to create room for cronies and party loyalist as a result of 2007-2008 post election violence. The violence erupted and more that 1000 people were killed when Raila Odinga refused to concede defeat forcing the formation of a coalition that saw him get the premiership under President Kibaki. This time around Raila Odinga did the same – refused to concede and instead went to the Spreme Court in his effort to unseat the New President Uhurur Kenyatta. He lost the petition and Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the Fourth President of  Kenya.

Here is a summary of the Ministries created by the President and his deputy:

Ministries:

  1. Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
  2. Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
  3. Defence
  4. Foreign Affairs
  5. Education which will have the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology
  6. The National Treasury
  7. Health
  8. Transport and Infrastructure which will have the Department of Transport Services and the Department of Infrastructure
  9. Environment, Water and Natural Resource
  10. Land, Housing and Urban Development
  11. Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)
  12. Sports, Culture and the Arts
  13. Labour, Social Security and Services
  14. Energy and Petroleum
  15. Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries under which are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Livestock and Department of Fisheries
  16. Industrialization and Enterprise Development
  17. Commerce and Tourism which has the Department of Commerce and Department of Tourism
  18. Mining

While unveiling the structure, in a press statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the lean government structure of 18 ministries will be effective.

“In exercise of the authority vested in him by the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and in conformity with the expectations of a lean and effective structure, President Kenyatta officially released the list of ministries and state departments that will form the National Executive,” read the statement.

It is reported that under the Presidency, there will be the Executive Office of the President and Deputy President with two ministries that include the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

Other ministries include Defence; Foreign Affairs; Education which will have the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology; The National Treasury; Health; Transport and Infrastructure which will have the Department of Transport Services and the Department of Infrastructure; Environment, Water and Natural Resource; Land and Housing and Urban Development. This structure will also contain the Office of the Department of Justice and Attorney General.

The Kenyans now wait to se who will be named to head the ministries. The Cabinet secretaries will reflect the face of Kenya. Minority groups will be catered for as promised by the prsident during his inauguration.

 

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