President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet with some of his secretaries being shown the door.
Outgoing Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri found himself on the receiving end of the President’s new changes after he was not mentioned in any of the changes despite his ministry being handed to outgoing trade and industrialization CS Peter Munya.
When asked by Citizen TV’s political editor Francis Gachuri on the fate of those not mentioned in the reshuffling, including Kiunjuri, the President said: “the one I haven’t mentioned is either they are in place or they are not in place, yes Kenya moves on.”
The sacking of Kiunjuri comes weeks after the outgoing CS was visibly seen working closely with Deputy President William Ruto.
Kiunjuri during the burial of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s mother said the Mt Kenya region should support the DP for presidency come 2022 owing to the covenant they sealed with Ruto in 2013.
The CS has been attending political functions with some of his close allies feting him for DP Ruto’s running mate.
In the cabinet reshuffle, President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed Ukur Yattani as the CS for the National Treasury where he was serving in an acting capacity.
CS Rachael Omamo moves from Defence to Foreign Affairs. The defence will now be headed by Monica Juma, who previously held the Foreign Affairs docket.
Sicily Kariuki will now head the Water Ministry, moving from Health Ministry and Labour Ministry will be headed by Simon Chelugui.