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Uhuru trims Cabinet to 18 ministers from 44
Publish Date: Apr 19, 2013
Uhuru trims Cabinet to 18 ministers from 44
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will be naming an 18-member Cabinet down from 44 portfolios which include two separate ministries under their two Executive offices.


With the country anxiously waiting for new list of Cabinet Secretaries, replacing ministers, Uhuru through a Presidential Press Service news dispatch gave a breakdown of his “lean and effective structure”.

In a departure from tradition, according to Kenyan Standard Newspaper, they also came up with American-like new offices henceforth to be referred to as State Departments, whose substantive heads will report to Cabinet Secretaries.
Calling the newly-structured Cabinet the “National Executive”, Uhuru explained that the Presidency would manifest itself in two “Executive Offices”, shared between himself and the Deputy President.

This is significant as it draws on the Constitution which enhanced the powers of the Deputy President over and above those of the previous Vice Presidents, even allowing the deputy to act as the substantive national chief executive should the office of President become vacant in unfortunate circumstances anytime before the holder completes his or her term.

Take charge

The Uhuru administration will also have some State Departments, which would operate under the combined ministries as part of the National Executive.

The President and his deputy will have the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
It was not specified who between Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto will take charge of the National and Devolved Governments.

From the order of placement in the statement it appears Uhuru will take charge of the National Government while Ruto will supervise Devolved units.
 Gone are the two powerful portfolios of Internal Security and Provincial Administration, which would now probably fall in the Interior and Coordination of National Government ministry, and Ministry of Devolution and Planning respectively.
Alternatively, what was Internal Security could fall under the retained but expanded Ministry of Defence. This will however become clear when Uhuru finally releases the list bearing distribution of departments, parastatals, statutory bodies and public service organisations or institutions today.

This follows confidential information secured from a highly placed source that the mandate of each Ministry would follow on Friday.

 

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