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President Ruto's appointment of CAS draws criticism

President Ruto's appointment of CAS draws criticism


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President William Ruto's recent appointment of Chief Administrative Secretaries has sparked controversy and criticism, with many noting that he mainly rewarded his cronies and election losers with the positions.

The appointments were made on March 16, 2023, subject to parliamentary vetting.

The move is seen as contradicting an earlier pledge by the President to offer opportunities to the common mwananchi, or citizen.

Instead, the appointments have raised concerns about nepotism and political favoritism, with some questioning the qualifications of the appointees.

Critics argue that the appointments appear to be more about rewarding loyalty and political connections than promoting merit and competence.

The Chief Administrative Secretaries serve as assistants to Cabinet Secretaries and are responsible for overseeing the implementation of government policies and programs. 

It remains to be seen how the appointments will be received by the public and whether they will impact President Ruto's popularity and support.

However, the controversy highlights the ongoing challenges facing Kenya's political system and the need for greater accountability and transparency in government appointments and decision-making.

Below is the list of nominees

Office of the Deputy President

Ms. Ann Wanjiku Mwangi

Mr. Nicholas Ngabiya Rioba

Mr. Edwin Sudi Wandabusi

Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary

Hon. Sharif Athman Ali

Hon. Isaac Mwaura Maigua

Hon. Rehema Hassan

Ministry of Interior & National Administration


Hon. Samuel Kuntai Tunai

Hon. Millicent Nyaboke Omanga

Amb. Mohamud Ali Saleh

Ministry of Defence

Hon. Alfred Agoi Masadia

The National Treasury & Economic Planning

Hon. Kirui Joseph Limo

Hon. Beatrice Nkatha Nyaga


Ministry of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs

Hon. Joash Arthur Maangi

Hon. Catherine Waruguru

Ministry of Public Service, Gender & Affirmative Action

Hon. Benjamin Jomo Washiali

Eng. Nicholas Gumbo

Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing & Urban Development


Hon. Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri

Hon. Victor Kioko Munyaka

Ministry of Information, Communications & The Digital Economy

Mr. Dennis Njue Itumbi, HSC

Mr. Simon Mwangi Kamau

Ministry of Health


Mr. James Kimanthi Mbaluka

Hon. Khatib Abdallah Mwashetani

Ministry of Education

Mr. Elly Stephen Loldepe

Hon. Mark Lomunokol

Hon. Anab Mohamed Gure

Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development

Mr. Jackson Kiptanui

Mr. Daniel Wamahiu Kiongo


Ministry of Investments, Trade & Industry

Hon. Evans Odhiambo Kidero

Hon. Vincent Kemosi Mogaka

Hon. Lilian Cheptoo Tomitom

Ministry of Co-Operatives & Micro, Small, Enterprises Development

Hon. (Bishop) Margaret Wanjiru

Mr. Amos Chege Mugo

Ministry of Youth Affairs, The Arts & Sports


Hon. Wesley Korir

Hon. Charles Njagua Kanyi

Ministry Climate Change & Forestry

Ms. Jackline Mwenesi Lukalo

Hon. Nyaga John Muchiri

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Heritage

Hon. Wilson Sossion

Hon. Rehema Dida Jaldesa


Ministry of Water, Sanitation & Irrigation

Hon. Chrisantus Wamalwa

Mr. Sunya Orre

Ministry of Energy & Petroleum

Hon. Mary Yaine Seneta

Hon. John Lodepe Nakara

Ministry of Labour & Social Protection

Prof. Elijah Gitonga Rintaugu

Ministry of East African Community (EAC), The ASALS & Regional Development

Ms. Mwanamaka Amani Mabruki

Ms. Rael Chebichii Lelei

Ministry of Mining, Economy & Maritime Affairs

Mr. David Kipkorir Kiplagat

Hon. Fredrick Otieno Outa


The State Law Office

Mr. Allan Kibet Kosgey

Some of the bignames who missed out on the opportunity include Former Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici, Macdonald Mariga, Linda Ogutu and Mwanaisha Chidzuga

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