President Ruto’s Cabinet Secretaries & Their Education Background

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On 27th September, the President of Kenya, William Ruto, announced his new cabinet. A debate is ensuing on whether he was justified to appoint most political loyalists over technocrats. As we have seen in previous regimes, political loyalty is often rewarded with plum appointments in government.

The two-third gender rule, as stipulated in the constitution, was also at play in the appointments. Ten women were appointed to the cabinet, with seven of them appointed as cabinet secretaries. The president also appointed women as national security advisor and secretaries to the cabinet.

That said, let’s look at the academic qualification of each of the appointees.

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Cabinet Secretaries & Educational Background

Appointee Ministry Education Background Previous Position or Experience
Musalia Mudavadi Chief Cabinet Secretary Bachelor of Arts (Land Economics) Vice President

Various Ministerial Positions

Sabatia MP (3 terms)

Kithure Kindiki Interior PhD in International Law Senior Lecturer

Senator

Senate Majority Leader

Njuguna Ndung’u National Treasury PhD in Economics CBK Governor

Director of Training (African Economic Research Consortium)

Economics lecturer

Aisha Jumwa Public Service and Gender Bachelor of Commerce Member of Parliament

Women Representative

Chairperson Kilifi Town Council

Aden Duale Defence MBA & Education Member of Parliament

NA Leader of Majority

Assistant Minister

Alice Wahome Water, Sanitation & Irrigation Bachelor of Law Member of Parliarment

FIDA Vice Chairperson

Senior Advocate

Alfred Mutua Foreign and Diaspora Affairs PhD in Communication & Media Governor

Government Spokesperson

Journalism

Moses Kuria Trade Bachelor of Commerce Several Corporate Managerial positions

Member of Parliament

Rebecca Miano EAC Masters of Laws KenGen CEO

Advocate

Kipchumba Murkomen Roads & Transport Masters of Law Senator

Senior Advocate

Zacharia Mwangi Njeru Lands BSc Information Science MCA

Several Managerial Position in Insurance Indusctry

Peninah Malonza Tourism No Information Deputy Governor

Senior Executive

Mithika Linturi Agriculture Business Course

CPA

Senator

Member of Parliament

Ezekiel Machogu Education Bachelor of Arts Member of Parliament

Senior PSC Deputy Secretary

Davis Chirchir Energy and Petroleum MBA Cabinet Secretary

IEBC IT Director

Ababu Namwamba Sports Master of Laws Member of Parliament

Minister for Sports

Simon Chelugui Cooperatives and MSMEs Msc. Soil & Water Engineering

MBA

Cabinet Secretary

NCDF Director

Salim Mvurya Mining Master’s in Participation, Power & Social Change Governor

Acting Country Director for Plan Kenya

Florence Bore Labour Bachelor of Education Arts Member of Parliament

Teacher

Susan Wafula Health Msc. Procurement & Logistics Head of Supply Chain UCSF

Procurement & Logistics Manager

Eliud Owalo Communication MBA in HRM Managing Consultant

Former KSG Director

Roselinda Tuya Environment & forestry Masters of Laws Member of Parliament

Land Law & Gender Specialist USAID

List of Cabinet Secretaries in Kenya

At a time when Kenya is facing an economic crisis, the new cabinet is a mix of technocrats and political loyalists. The question remains, can they turn things around?

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