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President Ruto Gazettes Ezekiel Machogu and All Cabinet Nominees After Parliament Approval

President Ruto Gazettes Ezekiel Machogu and All Cabinet Nominees After Parliament Approval

All twenty-four cabinet nominees proposed by President William Ruto on September 27, 2022 have been confirmed by the National Assembly.

In a report released on Tuesday, Peninah Malonza’s nomination to the Ministry of Tourism was in limbo after a house committee rejected her.

The House Committee on Appointments was divided on Tuesday over Aisha Jumwa’s (Public Service) nomination and Mithika Linturi’s (Agriculture).

While the committee unanimously rejected Malonza’s nomination as Tourism CS, citing her lack of expertise and qualifications for the position, Linturi’s nomination ran into trouble due to his failure to provide his academic degree and pending legal issues.

In contrast, Jumwa’s nomination was rejected due to a current court case in which she is suspected of fatally shooting a man in 2019 during the Ganda Ward by-election.

According to the Committee, Jumwa’s assertions that she does not possess a handgun or a firearm license were insufficient to establish her innocence and award her a ministerial post.

The recent developments make it possible for Cabinet members to be sworn into office per the constitution.

The nominees will take the oath of office or profess their loyalty to the people and the Republic of Kenya in front of the President.

President William Ruto has gazetted the 22 Cabinet Secretaries whose nominations were approved by the National Assembly.

The leaders, who are an extension of the Executive arm, will take official office on Thursday, October 27.

Ruto also named Mercy Wanjau as Secretary to the Cabinet in a gazette notification issued on Wednesday.

“In the exercise of the powers conferred by Article 156 (2) of the Constitution, I, William Samoei Ruto, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint Justin Muturi as the Attorney General, with the effect from October 27,” the notice added.

Aden Duale (Defense), Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs), Alice Wahome (Water), Kithure Kindiki (Interior), and Njuguna Ndung’u are among the CSs (Treasury).

Davis Chirchir (Energy), Moses Kuria (Trade), Kipchumba Murkomen (Transport), Soipan Tuya (Environment), and Peninah Malonza are the members of the Energy Committee (Tourism).

Zacharia Njeru (Housing), Susan Wafula (Health), Mithika Linturi (Agriculture), Eliud Owalo (Information and Communication Technology), and Ezekiel Machogu (Education).

Ababu Namwamba (Sports), Rebecca Miano (EAC), Simon Chelugui (Co-operatives), Salim Mvurya (Blue Economy), Aisha Jumwa (Gender), and Florence Chepngetich are some of the others (Labour).

The appointment comes after the nomination was confirmed by the 13th Parliament earlier on Wednesday.

While some ministries may not have pressing tasks, other cabinet secretaries will have to hit the ground running quickly after taking office due to the important nature of pending issues in their particular ministries.

Ezekiel Machogu, the man Ruto has entrusted with heading the education docket in the face of looming reforms in the sector, is one such guy.

Leaving Education CS On August 22, George Magoha said that the job needs someone with a strong personality.

“Work is not at Jogoo House, it’s out in the field. If you sit in the office and wait for reports, you’ll be surprised,” Magoha said.

Magoha, who strongly backs the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), defended his record and said he is proud of what he has done.

On September 30, Ruto appointed a 49-member task committee to examine the CBC and make suitable adjustments in tertiary education at the university level.

Prof Raphael Munavu, chair of the Working Party, is to update the President every two months and give its final report in six months.

Machogu’s priority will be to enact CBC reforms immediately.

The committee is also expected to suggest the framework for testing and grading, technology for delivering curriculum and educating teachers, and training and putting people to work.

The task team was formed in response to mounting parental complaints that the CBC is excessively pricey.

Former Parents Association chairperson Nicholas Maiyo suggested that teachers’ lack of understanding of the system was one of the reasons the curriculum was so pricey.

These questions constitute a migraine that Machogu must heal while following the task force’s suggestions.

Another urgent challenge for the incoming CS will be the smooth transition of Grade 6 students to Junior High School.

The task force must recommend a suitable transition implementation framework.

As of now, pioneer sixth graders are scheduled to take the first Kenya Primary School Education Assessment on November 28.

If the task force’s recommendations are followed, Grade 6 students will begin secondary school in January.

Some parents, however, believe their children, aged 12 to 14, will be too young to attend Junior Secondary.

Machogu’s second top task will be to oversee national exams, which are only a month and a half away.

Magoha said on Monday that the KCPE and KCSE exams would commence on November 28.

He stated that marking would be completed in December and examination results would be revealed on January 23 of the following year.

And, as if to advise his successor on the most important issues facing teachers, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Collins Oyuu urged the government to increase teachers’ salaries by 60%.

Teachers are demoralized, he claims, because they are paid pennies by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

“To motivate teachers, the TSC should consider increasing their pay,” he said while speaking at Kerugoya Catholic Church grounds in Kirinyaga during the post-World Teachers Day celebrations.

Rising tuition costs in public colleges are likely to be the most pressing problem that parents and students will want to be addressed as soon as possible.

Kenyatta University student representatives have already rejected the proposal to raise tuition costs.

“Students from poor families have a higher probability of dropping out of school than their counterparts from rich backgrounds,” said Kenya Universities’ Students Organisation (Kuso) President Antony Muchui.

Students’ worries are shared by academic staff members from several universities, who called on the incoming administration in early September to raise financing for public universities.

They also stated that they want their salaries to be increased, stating that they have been cut by nearly half.

On September 10, Magoha denied being aware of any strike threats from university academic staff unions but stated that any pressing issues would have to be resolved by the next regime.

“If there are issues of disputes as far as anything is concerned, you don’t just wake up in the morning and say you want to go on strike on Monday. The strike has to be protected; you have to give notice,” Magoha said.

Dissenting voices may have quieted, but because real complaints remain unresolved, a smoldering tempest that may harm learning in public colleges in the coming days remains alive. Machogu will be required to calm it.

President Ruto Gazettes Ezekiel Machogu and All Cabinet Nominees After Parliament Approval

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