Uhuru unveils govt structure of 18 ministries

The government has unveiled its structure with ministries being reduced from 44 to 18.

In a press statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the lean government structure will be effective.

"In exercise of the authority vested in him by the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and in conformity with the expectations of a lean and effective structure, President Kenyatta officially released the list of ministries and state departments that will form the National Executive," read the statement.

Under the Presidency, there will be the Executive Office of the President and the Executive Office of the Deputy President with two ministries that include the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

Other ministries include Defence; Foreign Affairs; Education which will have the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology; The National Treasury; Health; Transport and Infrastructure which will have the Department of
Transport Services and the Department of Infrastructure; Environment, Water and Natural Resource; Land and Housing and Urban Development.

Others include Information, Communication and Technology (ICT); Sports, Culture and the Arts; Labour, Social Security and Services; Energy and Petroleum; Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries under which are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Livestock and Department of Fisheries; Industrialization and Enterprise Development; Commerce and Tourism which has the Department of Commerce and Department of Tourism; and Mining.

The structure also contains the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice.

In the structure, special focus has been given to the ministries of youth, gender, devolution, planning as well as national cohesion and integration which have all been brought under the Presidency