Almost a month and a half since close to 30 senior public officials including Cabinet secretaries resigned to seek elective offices, President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to appoint their substantive replacements.
The Standard has however learnt that the president has over the last three weeks reorganised his team with a number of Cabinet Secretaries taking up extra roles to cover for the positions left vacant.
Mr Kenyatta opted not to appoint new CSs and instead seconded part of his Cabinet to take over and fill the vacuum left by four ministers who resigned in February to vie in the upcoming polls, by assigning more duties to the remaining CSs.
It would appear that the president is not keen on considering outsiders to join his Cabinet but rather have some of his loyal foot soldiers take the mantle for the remainder of his term.
Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa was appointed to run the Devolution docket that was left without a CS following the resignation of Charles Keter who is now vying for the Kericho governor’s seat.
Mr Wamalwa has previously headed the Devolution docket before handing it over to Keter last year following a Cabinet reshuffle.
On his Twitter page over the weekend, Mr Wamalwa posted: “Hit the ground running after returning to the Ministry of Devolution where l have been appointed by President Kenyatta to act as l run the Ministry of Defence… by visiting the Africities convention centre that’s under construction…”
Other members of Uhuru’s Cabinet who have taken up extra duties include Transport CS James Macharia who now doubles up as CS in charge of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation which was previously held by Sicily Kariuki who is eyeing the Nyandarua governor’s seat.
Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has also been given an additional role in the Petroleum and Mining docket that was under John Munyes who is now an aspirant for the Turkana governor seat.
Industrialisation and Trade CS Betty Maina has also taken over operations at the ministry charged with overseeing the country’s relations with the region in acting capacity following the exit of former East African Community and Regional development CS Adan Mohammed who is now eyeing the Mandera governor seat.
All these changes and the additional responsibilities were confirmed through tweets posted on the individual pages and the respective ministry pages.
They include CAS positions in the ministries of devolution, transport, petroleum, foreign affairs, tourism, interior, sports, labour and devolution.
Meanwhile, the fate of positions left vacant following the resignation of several chief administrative secretaries remains unknown.
With only four months to the end of his president’s term, it is doubtful that President Kenyatta will be keen to make any new appointments to fill up these positions before he hands over power.