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After the 2017 elections, the government under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto introduced yet another position in the ministries. The post of Chief Administrative Secretaries came as a shock to many as it was not enshrined in the 2010 constitution.
The post of Chief Administrative Secretaries was not something most Kenyans expected after Jubilee retained the tools of power in the 2017 polls. Different voices of reason, including political analysts and the opposition saw this as a way of rewarding political failures in the just concluded elections. Amid the controversy surrounding this introduction, many Kenyans are still concerned about the role of a Chief Administrative Secretary.
List of Chief Administrative Secretaries
Chief Administrative Secretaries are supposed to help Cabinet Secretaries in running their day to day activities under their respective ministry. They are more or less the same as assistant Cabinet Secretaries and their roles are defined as per the ministry. Following the address by the president on January 14, 2020, there was a slight reshuffle of the cabinet, with newer and younger minds joining the team. Here are the CASs and their roles:
1. Ababu Namwamba Ministry: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Being a CAS in Kenya, Ababu Namwamba is one of the people who have made good impressions with the current administration. Since his appointment as the CAS under the foreign affairs docket, he has been seen working extra hard. His roles include coordinating matters to do with foreign affairs, enhancing diplomatic ties between Kenya and other countries, working in tandem with the members of the ministry towards a sustainable international trade relation with the East African Community member countries. In addition to these roles, he is also responsible for executing all the directives issued to him by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of the ministry and the presidency.
2. Rachel Shebesh Ministry: Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs After reshuffling the cabinet on Tuesday, the president reiterated the need for workmanship among his cabinet and their teams. Rachel Shebesh is one of the political beneficiaries following the 2017 general poll. She lost to the current women representative for Nairobi, Esther Passaris. She was placed under the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs where she coordinates in conjunction with the minister on matters affecting public service. She is also at the hem of the sitting that discusses issues affecting the youth in Kenya. Shebesh reports to the CS Public Services and the Presidency.
3. Abdul Bahari Ministry: Devolution and ASAL Areas Eugene Wamalwa heads the Ministry of Devolution. As his assistant, Abdul Buhari acts in the active capacity as the CAS Devolution and ASAL Areas. He is responsible for coordinating with the help of the CS in identifying ASAL areas and providing all planning needs for the country. He is also responsible for facilitating research under the Ministry of Planning towards identifying and mitigating against specified natural disasters that would otherwise injure the country’s state of affairs.
4. Andrew Tuimur Ministry: Water and Sanitation Andrew is responsible for coordinating all matters affecting water availability and distribution in the country. He works under the presiding Cabinet Secretary and performs all duties relating to sanitation as directed. In addition to all these, he is also responsible for offering sustainable advice to the CS and the president on matters relating to the country’s water availability and supply as well as sanitation.
5. Chris Obure Ministry: Transport and Infrastructure Development Chris Obure is responsible for all activities under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development. He facilitates research into means and measures necessary for opening up the country’s remote and urban areas through efficient road networks as well as provide development advice to the CS in charge of the ministry. He also sits in the ministry’s members meeting as the assistant to the CS on all matters affecting the ministry.
6. Nelson Gaichuhie Ministry:Treasury and Planning The Ministry of Finance under the CS, Ukuru Yatani is responsible for budgeting preparations and implementation of parliament proposals on resource allocation. Nelson Gaichuhie is the man responsible for the coordination in tandem with the CS all matter relating to budget preparation and execution. He also gathers feedback on behalf of the ministry and advises on the best case resource allocation formula according to parliament’s recommendations.
7. Hussein Dado Ministry: Interior and Coordination of National Government Image: standardmedia.co.ke Source: UGC Hussein is responsible for facilitating and coordinating all activities under the Interior and Coordination of National Government docket. Among his roles include national government coordination on matters affecting various state agencies as well as advising the CS on the most strategic way forward in the ministry.
8. Lina Chebii Ministry: Agriculture and Irrigation Lina Chebii is one of the latest appointees in President Uhuru’s government. She is one of the renowned leaders in Kenya owing to her industry and advocacy against FGM. She will be responsible for providing research information on the way forward for the embattled agricultural docket. Lina will now be answerable to Mutahi Kagwe and Uhuru Kenyatta.
9. Zacharia Kinuthia Mugure Ministry:Education Zacharia comes at a time when the education sector is facing different changes, including the CBC curriculum implementation. He will be responsible for ensuring the smooth implementation of the system and other activities in the ministry under the guidance of the CS and other stakeholders.
10. Gideon Mungaro Ministry: Lands & Physical Planning One of the biggest tasks available in Lands & Physical Planning is rampant cases of land grabbing and timely issuance of title deeds to owners. Mung’aro will be responsible for facilitating the timely preparation and release of land title deeds as well as offer advice on the best physical planning measures the country should adopt.
11. Patric Ole Ntutu Ministry: Labour and Social Protection Ole Ntutu is responsible for coordinating with the CS and the principal secretary towards developing policies geared towards labour protection in Kenya. In light of the laws and regulations passed in parliament, he is responsible for ensuring all laws are implemented to the latter. He also reports to the CS labour and social protection on all matters.
12. Ken Obura Ministry: East African Community and Northern Corridor development Obura is responsible for ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions governing the East African community as well as liaise with the CS on emerging concerns from the member countries. He is also responsible for the development of the Northern Corridor in line with the country’s vision 2030.
13. Mohammed Elmi Ministry: Environment and Mineral Resources Mohammed is responsible for all matters affecting the country’s environment. He is also concerned with the country’s mineral deposits as well as developing policies governing their use. Elmi is also responsible for ensuring laws on environment and mining are adhered to the latter.
14. John Mosonik Ministry: Petroleum and Mining Mosonik is responsible for implementation and coordination of laws and regulations affecting petroleum and its products. He also oversees the mining process of petroleum and liaises with the CS ministry of petroleum and mining.
15. Hassan Noor Hassan Ministry: Sports, Culture & Arts Hassan Noor is in charge of coordinating the daily sports activities at the Ministry of Sports under the guidance of the CS. He will also be in charge of cultural activities and arts as part of the buy Kenya build Kenya initiative introduced by the president. It is in action to any other role assigned by parliament or the CS.
16. Joseph Boinnet Ministry: Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Image: nation.co.ke Source: Twitter The former police inspector Joseph Boinnet is answerable for all matters affecting tourism and wildlife in Kenya. Together with the CS, he will be promoting tourism and the well-being of wildlife as a tourism attraction feature in Kenya.
17. Simon Kapchapin Ministry: Energy Energy is a crucial part of the country’s development agenda. CAS Simon Kachapin ensures that all policies and regulations as set up under the ministry are implemented. He is also responsible for ensuring compliance at the various levels of the ministry of energy under the guidance of the CS.
18. Lawrence Karanja Ministry: Industrialization Karanja will be coordinating all aspects of industrialization, including enforcing the policy. He will also be overseeing projects as directed by the CS as well as direct responsibility by the parliament.
19. Peter Ondoyo Ministry: Ministry of Defence Ondoyo will be coordinating matters relating to Kenya’s borders. He will be in communication with the CS and receive directions regarding the recommendations set by the national security regarding Kenya’s borders.
20. Maureen Magoma Mbaka Ministry: Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) Maureen is responsible for all matters affecting the ICT sector of the country. She will also work in tandem with the CS ICT to ensure compliance in terms of data security, government monitoring, and policy implementation.
21. Winnie Guchu Ministry: State Law Office Winnie will be responsible for all matters on the state law office under the guidance of the attorney general and the CS in charge. Some of her roles include policy enforcement, direct consultation with the relevant stakeholders, and maintaining direct compliance with the related ministries under the government of Kenya.
22. Wavinya Ndeti Ministry: Transport After losing the Machakos gubernatorial seat, Wavinya’s shine has been restored as the CAS under the Ministry of Transport. She will be taking all roles assigned to her by the CS Ministry of Roads as well as enforce policy on behalf of the ministry. Thanks to her industry and prowess as an iron lady, she will be expected to streamline all the meanders and barriers affecting the ministry.
23. Mumina Bonaya Ministry: Education Bonaya will be in charge of all the matters affecting the education sector in Kenya. She will also be taking roles charged on her by CS education. Mumina will also be implementing and effecting policy in the education sector and coordinating with the relevant stakeholders.
24. Anne Martha Mukami Nyaga Ministry: Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Cooperatives Anne will be directly in charge of all activities under the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Cooperatives. In liaison with the CS, Martha will be expected to enforce policies regarding livestock management, fisheries, livestock and cooperatives coordination in Kenya.
25. Mercy Mukui Mwangangi Ministry: Health Health is one of the biggest ministries in the country and must be taken with the highest esteem. Mercy is responsible for ensuring that the policies set by the ministry regarding drug distribution, health facility support and public interest are upheld. She will also be working in tandem with the stakeholders in the sector to ensure efficiency and quality health care for Kenyans.
26. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla Ministry: ICT, Innovation & Youth After the president reshuffling of the cabinet, Nadia was also mentioned as the CAS ICT, Innovation and Youth. Abdalla will be providing a supportive environment for the youth in terms of ICT and innovation. She will also be working with all sister ministries in ensuring that the youth in Kenya are properly represented and supported in various government fora.
What is the role of a Chief Administrative Secretary?
The secretaries will be responsible for helping the Cabinet Secretary to coordinate the running of the affairs of their respective ministries. The salary of a Chief Administrative Secretary is not yet made available to the public. The creation of the Chief Administrative Secretaries position elicited a series of mixed reactions as it is not enshrined anywhere in the constitution. However, Kenyans have been made to bear this hard reality that they will need to pay even more to support the newly appointed CAS Kenya cabinet.
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