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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday made his long-awaited announcement concerning his final picks for his second-term Cabinet.

Kenyatta has announced the creation of position of Chief Administrative Secretary in all ministries.

The president also named more Cabinet secretaries.

Veteran journalist Farida Karoney was named CS Ministry of Lands, Prof Margaret Kobia is the nominee for Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, while Mr John Munyes was named CS Petroleum and Mining.

EDUCATION

Ms Monica Juma was appointed to replace Ms Amina Mohamed as Foreign Affairs CS.

Former Budalang’i MPAbabu Namwamba will be Ms Juma’s Chief Administrative Secretary and Macharia Kamau the Principal Secretary.

Ms Mohamed was moved to head the Education Ministry.

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya was appointed East Africa Community CS, Mr Rashid Mohammed will be Sports and Heritage CS, Ms Beatrice Kiptoo (Industrialisation) and Mr Simon Chelugui (Water and Sanitation).

Former Water CS Eugene Wamalwa was moved to Devolution Ministry while former Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko was appointed Environment CS.

Cecily Kariuki was moved from Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs to head the Health Ministry.

President Kenyatta retained James Macharia as Transport CS. Joe Mucheru was also retained at Ministry of ICT.

Former Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh was appointed Chief Administrative Secretary in the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Ministry.

AMBASSADORS

Former Environment CS Judi Wakhungu was named Kenya envoy to France, Mr Dan Kazungu to head to Tanzania, Ms Phyllis Kandie (Belgium), Mr Willy Bett (India) and Hassan Wario to Austria.

Mr Jacob Kaimenyi who was Land’s CS was made Kenya’s envoy to Unesco, while former Health CS Cleopa Mailu has been appointed Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva.

Other appointees are Mr Kiema Kilonzo who was named Kenya’s ambassador to Uganda while Mr Lazarus Amayo was appointed to head Kenya’s UN mission in New York City.

Here is the statement in full:

Fellow Kenyans as I mentioned a few weeks ago we are still in the process of finalizing cabinet and restructuring of government. 

Today I have a few names  that I would like to read.  But before I do so, let me say that for the efficient operation of government and indeed taking into account the need of having a government that reflects the diversity of our nation and indeed one that can help me deliver on my mandate I pledged to Kenyans over  the campaign period and also having consulted the constitutional mandated body and receiving advise from the public service Commission as required by article (132) (4A) of our constitution, I have decided to establish a new position in government, the position of Chief Administrative Secretary in all our ministries.

The Chief Administrative Secretary would broadly be responsible for helping the Cabinet Secretary to better coordinate the running of the affairs of their respective ministries.

Therefore with that in mind today I have appointed the following individuals and others who have been moved to different ministries.

I will be forwarding to parliament the name of Margaret Kobia to be the Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. Working with her in the newly created position Chief Administrative Secretary will be Rachel Shebesh.  The Principal Secretary for Public Service and Youth will be Lilian Omolo, the Principal Secretary for Gender will be Safina  Kwekwe.

As  I mentioned earlier I have forwarded the name of the honourable John Munyes  who will be appointed once vetted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. The Principal Secretary in the ministry of Petroleum will be Andrew Kamau Ng’ang’a.

The Ministry of Devolution and ASAL areas will be headed by the Cabinet Secretary  Eugene Wamalwa, Chief Administrative Secretary  will be Hussein Dado, the Principal Secretary  for ASAL will be Michael Powon,  the  Principal Secretary  Devolution will be forwarding the name of Nelson Marwa to assume that position.

Ministry of Defence we have reassigned Raychelle Omamo the Cabinet Administrative Secretary  will be announced, the PS will continue to be Torome Saitoti.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, I have submitted to Parliament the name of Monica Juma to be the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs. The Chief Administrative Secretary will be Ababu Namwamba and the PS Foreign Affairs will be Ambassador Macharia Kamau. The PS International Trade will be Chris Kiptoo. The Ministry of Water and Sanitation, I have forwarded the name to Parliament of Simon Chelugui, The Chief Administrative Secretary Winnie Guchu, and the PS will be announced.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry I have forwarded the name of Keriako Tobiko as the CS and the PS will continue to be Charles Sunkuli. The Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development reassigned Cabinet Secretary Aden Mohammed to continue and the PS Industrialization  Betty Maina  and the Ps for Enterprise Development will be announced shortly.

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development the Cabinet Secretary will be James Macharia, the Chief Administrative Secretary, Mr. Chris Obure, the PS Transport, Paul Maringa, the PS Infrastructure-Julius Korir and the PS shipping and Maritime-Nancy Karigithu.

The Ministry Information Communication & Technology Cabinet Secretary will be Joseph Mucheru, the CAS and the PS will be announced later.

The National Treasury and Ministry of Planning Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, the CAS- Nelson Gaichuhie, PS Treasury Kamau Thugge, PS Planning Julius Muia.

Ministry of Energy, the Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, CAS  and PS renewable energy-Colleta Suda and the PS Energy Joseph Njoroge.

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will be headed by Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the CAS will be Patrick Ntutu, PS Interior Karanja Kibicho, PS Immigration, Border Control and Registration of Persons-PS will be Maj.Gen.(Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa.

 Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary will be Mwangi Kiunjuri, the CAS as well as PS Livestock-Andrew Tuimor, the PS Crop Development-Richard Lesiyampe, the Ps Agriculture Research-Hamadi Boga, PS fisheries will be announced as well as PS irrigation.

 Ministry of Health will be headed by Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, the CAS will be Rashid Aman, and the PS, I have forwarded the name Peter Tum to Parliament.

 Sports and Heritage the Cabinet Secretary is Rashid  Achesa Mohammed, PS Sports will be Peter Kaberia and the PS heritage will be Josphetta Mukobe.

 Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, the CS is Najib Balala, the CAS will be announced as well as the PS Tourism, the PS wildlife will be Margaret Mwakema.

 The Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, CAS Hon. Simon Kachapin, PS Early learning and basic education Dr. Belio Kipsang. The PS university education and research Prof. Japheth Micheni Ntiba. PS Post training and skills development Zainab Hussein.

Ministry of lands I have forwarded the name for Cabinet Secretary to parliament of Farida Karoney, CAS will be Gideon Mung’aro and the PS will continue to be Nicholas Muraguri.

Labour and Social Protection, I have forwarded the name of Ukur Yattani for Cabinet Secretary, CAS Abdul Bahari, PS social protection pensions and senior citizens affairs will continue to be Susan Mochache.

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The Ministry of East African Community and Northern Corridor development I have forwarded the name to parliament of Mr. Peter Munya, CAS will be Ken Obura and the PS will be named in due course. I have also co-opted into cabinet on a need basis the Hon. Raphael Tuju.

Further I have nominated the following to the posts of Ambassador and their names will be forwarded to parliament. I begin with Judy Wakhungu who I nominate for the post of Ambassador to France, Dr. Cleopha Mailu who I nominate to the Permanent Mission of the UN in Geneva, Kiema Kilonzo will be our new High commissioner to Uganda, Dan Kazungu will be our nominee for the High Commissioner to Tanzania. Lazarus Amayo has also been moved to the Permanent Mission of the United Nations in New York and Phyllis Kandie will be our nominee for Ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburg as well as the European Union.

Willy Bett will be our nominee for High Commissioner to India. Jacob Kaimenyi our nominee to the Permanent Mission to UNESCO in Paris and Hassan Wario our nominee as Ambassador to Austria.

As I said in the beginning I will continue to update you fellow Kenyans as we proceed with the normal process of forming government, a government that I believe will serve the interest of all Kenyans, be a representative of all Kenya and continue to work for the prosperity, peace and stability of our Nation. I thank you very much for your attention, Thank you.”

 

 

Those nominated include:

. Margaret Kobia – Ministry of Public Service youth and gender

. John Munyes – Ministry of Mining

. Eugene Wamalwa – Ministry of Devolution

. Rachel Omamo – Ministry of Defense

. Monica Juma –  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

. Siccily Kariuki – Ministry of Health

. Rashid Achesa Mohamed – Ministry of Sports

. Najib Balala – Ministry of Tourism

. Farida Karoney – Ministry of Lands

. Ukur Yattani – Ministry of Social Protection

. Peter Munya – Ministry EAC and Northern Corridor Development

. Amina Mohamed – Ministry of Education

. Joe Mucheru – Ministry of ICT

. Adan Mohamed – Ministry of Trade

. Keriako Tobiko – Ministry of Environment

. Fred Matiang’i – Ministry of Interior

. Simon Cherugui – Ministry of Water

. Henry Rotich – The national Treasury

.Mwangi  Kiunjuri – Agriculture

 

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American who survived 9/11 dies in Riverside attack

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An American who survived the 9/11 terror attack is among those who were killed in Tuesday’s terror attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive.

Jason Spindler’s mother Sarah Sandler told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”

Jason’s brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9-11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.

HAVING LUNCH

The US State department confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Tuesday attack.

Spindler, who was the CEO and Global Managing Director of I-DEV International, was, according to colleagues, having lunch at the Dusit Hotel when the attack happened.

I-DEV is based at Metta, a space for entrepreneurs that is located at the 14 Riverside office complex in the Belgravia building’s sixth floor.

The Metta Africa Head of Community, memberships and operations Essie Mwikali said there were 45 people at the space when the attack happened and accounted for everyone and confirmed the death of Spindler.

Nailab CEO Sam Gichuru eulogized Spindler as “a strong supporter of the Kenyan Tech Ecosystem.”

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REVEALED: How mysterious man walked into US Nairobi Embassy and warned of Al-Qaeda attack

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Kenya’s worst terrorist attack could have been averted and the aftermath handled better, a former US ambassador to the county has revealed in a new book.

According to Ms Prudence Bushnell, as early as November 1997, the US embassy in Nairobi had been warned about an impending truck bomb attack.

“A man walked into the Nairobi embassy with information about a possible attack,” says Ms Bushnell, who served as US ambassador from 1996 to 1998.

“The information was sent to Washington, shopped around to other intelligence services, and declared faulty. The guy was a flake, I was told,” Ms Bushnell writes in her book, Terrorism, Betrayal and Resilience: My story of the 1998 US Embassy Bombings.

When the man visited the embassy, Ms Bushnell was attending a conference in Washington.

‘NAGGING ABOUT SECURITY’

“During my Washington consultations, I was lectured by the African Bureau executive director that senior people in management and administration were getting irritated by my ‘nagging’ about embassy security and vulnerability.”

That meant the Washington administration under President Bill Clinton was treating her as the problem.

“I was advised to stop sending cables regarding security concerns,” she says in the book published in the US last year by Potomac Books.

In her 17 years as a diplomat, Ms Bushnell was always asked to fill in a section on the needs of her station. But in 1997, for the first time, she was denied that opportunity. Instead, she was accused of “overloading the diplomatic circuits”.

This was a polite way of telling her to stop “making noise” about security vulnerabilities at the Nairobi embassy. But this did not stop her.

“I decided to write a personal note to Secretary of State [Madeleine] Albright,” she says.

When she gave the letter to a senior government official to hand-deliver to Ms Albright, the official said Addis Ababa and Pretoria also faced security threats and told her not to become “obsessed” with such threats.

WITHSTAND BLAST

Meanwhile, officials in Washington reminded her that the building was sound enough to withstand a blast, and that the only violence they could expect in Nairobi was political. This thinking was not difficult to understand.

Kenya had held a general election and the opposition had contested President Daniel arap Moi ‘s victory in the presidential poll. So Washington was monitoring Nairobi for political violence, not a terrorist attack. The heated exchanges were followed by a brief lull.

Then, on the morning of August 7, 1998, the US embassy on Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi was bombed. More than 200 people were killed and over 5,000 injured.

“An explosion from the street below drew us to the window,” Ms Bushnell writes. “I was the last to get up, and I had moved only a few feet from the couch I was sharing with Commerce Minister Joseph Kamotho when a loud wave of freight-train force hurled me back across the room. Everything dimmed.”

Even after the attack, Ms Bushnell faced other political and diplomatic hurdles. For starters, President Daniel Moi was not keen on working with her. According to her, he was unhappy that the US had picked her to succeed yet another woman, Ms Aurelia Brazeal.

This strained relationship was complicated by the fact that Washington did not believe that anything meaningful could be achieved with President Moi at the helm.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION

Worse still, when she arrived in Kenya in 1996, Ms Bushnell had made fighting corruption and ensuring free elections would define her leadership agenda.

As a result, President Moi took three months before granting her a private audience.”It took longer to build a relationhip, she reveals.

After the 1998 terrorist attack, President Moi summoned all ambassadors and high commissioners to State House, Nairobi. Ms Bushnell was torn between attending the meeting and visiting injured embassy staff in various hospitals. She chose the latter and sent a representative to State House.

Just days after the attack, Ms Albright made a whistle-stop tour of Nairobi. She did not appear overly concerned about what needed to be done, and, according to Ms Bushnell, made promises without any concrete offers, including for compensating the victims and survivors.

The only thing she appeared keen to know was where Ms Bushnell wanted to be posted.

“Guatemala,” Ms Bushnell said.

The following year, President Bill Clinton nominated her ambassador to Guatemala.

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Kenyan hit and killed by an 18-wheeler in US just days after returning from Kenya

US-based media KLTV reports that 42-year-old Allan Onucko was walking along Interstate 20 around 5:22am when a truck struck him.

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A Kenyan man, who had just returned to the United States after visiting his family in Kenya during the holiday season, died early on Friday morning after being knocked down by an 18-wheeler truck in Harrison County, Texas.

The man, identified as Allan Onucko, 42, was in Kenya for five days in December to spend time with his parents, siblings, relatives and friends.

US-based media KLTV reports that 42-year-old Allan Onucko was walking along Interstate 20 around 5:22am when a truck struck him.

The deceased was accompanied by his younger brother, Gilbert Otieno, a lawyer who runs a Nairobi-based law firm, George Gilbert Advocates.

He left the county for the US on December 19th accompanied by his brother Gilbert Otieno, an advocate who runs his own law firm George Gilbert Advocates in Nairobi.

KNOCKED DOWN

According to relatives and friends, the victim’s brother was visiting the US for the first time and was with him shortly before the accident happened.

Media reports in the US have quoted the police saying that dispatchers received a call from a person who said they believed they hit something.

Allan Onucko (left) with his brother Gilbert Otieno upon arrival in US last December. PHOTO | COURTESY
Allan Onucko (left) with his brother Gilbert Otieno upon arrival in US last December. PHOTO | COURTESY

About 15 minutes later, dispatchers received another call from another person saying they’d hit something.

Relatives said that Onucko, who was with his brother in the car, ran out of fuel on the interstate, and decided to walk to the gas station after calling for help but they could not immediately get diesel but only petrol.

PERMANENT RESIDENT

He was knocked down 300 meters away and his brother only found out after waiting in vain and later calling 911.

According to a family source, the deceased moved to the USA in 2002 and has lived there for the last 16 years as a permanent resident.

He was running a tracking company and also doing car dealership.

Onucko was married and had a young daughter with his wife is expecting their second child in 4 weeks.

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