In a significant restructuring move, President William Ruto announced a series of changes to his Cabinet on Wednesday night, including the scrapping of the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs. The reorganization saw various ministries merged and renamed, as well as key officials reassigned to different portfolios.
One of the most noteworthy changes is the expansion of the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary, which will now oversee the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs. This new arrangement places Musalia Mudavadi at the helm of this crucial ministry, signaling a strategic move by the president.
Another prominent change is the transformation of the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry. Moses Kuria, who formerly headed this ministry, has been reassigned to the newly reconstituted and renamed Ministry of Public Service, Performance, and Delivery Management. Kuria’s departure from his former role leaves the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry under the leadership of Rebecca Miano.
Alfred Mutua, the former Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary, will now lead the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, bringing his expertise to the forefront of Kenya’s efforts to promote its tourism sector.
In a bid to underscore the importance of gender, culture, the arts, and heritage, President Ruto has established a dedicated ministry for these areas. Aisha Jumwa has been appointed to head the newly created Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts, and Heritage.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Arts, and Sports has been streamlined into the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which will continue to be led by Ababu Namwamba, who remains unchanged by the reshuffle.
Peninah Malonza has taken charge of the Ministry of East African Community, the ASALs (Arid and Semi-Arid Lands), and Regional Development. This new role reflects the government’s commitment to regional development and cooperation.
Alice Wahome has transitioned to the Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing, and Urban Development, while Zachariah Njeru has taken over the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation. These changes are expected to bring fresh perspectives to these critical sectors.
The reorganization also extends to the Principal Secretaries, with Harsama Kello now overseeing the State Department for the ASALs and Regional Development. Julius Korir has been appointed to lead the State Department for Water and Sanitation, and Geoffrey Kaituko will oversee the State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs.
Several other Principal Secretaries have also been reassigned to various ministries, reflecting President Ruto’s commitment to optimizing government performance and delivery.
These sweeping changes in the Cabinet reflect President Ruto’s vision for a more efficient and focused government, with a renewed emphasis on key sectors and regional development. The reshuffle is expected to bring fresh perspectives and energy to these ministries and departments, as Kenya navigates the challenges and opportunities of the future.