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Kenyan President fires agriculture minister in cabinet reshuffle

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On Tuesday, 14 Janaury 2020, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri in the latest cabinet reshuffle.

While addressing the nation from the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenyatta appointed Rachael Omamo (CS Foreign Affairs), Cecile Kariuki (CS Water), Monicah Juma (CS External Security) and Mutahi Kagwi (CS Health).

Others include, Simon Chelagui (CS Labour), Your Yatani (CS Treasury), Betty Maina (CS Industrialization) and Peter Munya (CS Agriculture).

Kenyatta also dropped former Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, who was arrested last year over corruption charges.

The former treasury boss, Rotich was arrested over a multi-million-dollar dam scandal, with investigators probing the possible loss of nineteen billion shillings ($182 million), meant for the construction of the two multi-purpose dams in Kerio Valley namely, Arror and Kimwarer.

Kenyatta further made fifteen appointments of Chief Administrative Secretaries, with seven of them under the age of thirty years.

“I would want Kenyans to note that seven of these appointments to the positions of Chief Administrative Secretaries are young people and some below the age of thirty years.

“These Chief Administrative Secretaries will work with, and understudy their more experienced colleagues in Government with the aim of readying themselves to assume senior leadership positions in the near future,” he added.


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