Kimemia confirmed Head of Civil Service

Photo/FILE  Head of Public Service Mr Francis Kimemia.
Photo/FILE Head of Public Service, Mr Francis Kimemia. 

Three new permanent secretaries were appointed on Saturday and four others moved to different ministries.

President Mwai Kibaki confirmed the appointment of Mr Francis Kimemia as Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet.

Upon his confirmation, Mr Kimemia said that one can only be confirmed after serving for six months.

"Government requires that you are confirmed after six months. Key ministries that had acting Ps's had to be confirmed to ensure a smooth transition," said Mr Kimemia.

Transport PS Cyrus Njiru was moved to Ministry of Industrialization. Industrialization PS Dr Karanja Kibicho is now the PS Ministry of Transport

Prof Jackline Oduor was appointed the new PS for Gender, Children and Social Services. replacing long serving civil servant James Nyikal who quit to join politics. Prof Oduor was secretary in the same ministry.

President Kibaki also appointed Mr Hyslop Ipu, PS Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.

Before his appointment, Mr Ipu, a former State House Comptroller was Secretary, Ministry of Public Works.

Mr Ipu replaces Mr Mohamed Wamwachai who is also trying his luck in elective positions.

Ambassador Ruth Solitei was moved from the office of Prime Minister to be the PS, Ministry of Tourism.

Ms Leah Gwiyo who was the PS in Ministry of Tourism is now the PS, Ministry of National Heritage.

Dr Jacob Ole Miaron who was the PS, Ministry of National Heritage moves to be the PS, Ministry of Livestock.

Mr Kenneth Lusaka who was Livestock PS is vying for Bungoma governor’s seat.

Other confirmed PSs are Mutea Iringo (Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security), Gichira Kibaara (Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs); Chiboli Shakaba (East African Community) and Gideon Mulyungi (Public Works).