President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a major announcement in Naivasha cabinet retreat. The President has split the Cabinet into five groups in a move aimed at fast tracking implementation of key Jubilee Government flagship projects as the 2017 elections beckons.
In an announcement made on Wednesday by State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the Cabinet was segmented into the following clusters: Security, Productive and Infrastructure sectors, Agricultural Transformation and Environment protection, Human Capital Development and the Governance and Public Administration.
“Presentations at Cabinet meetings will be by cluster, and will usually follow meetings of the various clusters themselves, which are expected to agree on policies before bringing them to Cabinet,” said Mr Esipisu.
The Security group will led by President Kenyatta with the deputy chairperson being Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.
In the Productive and Infrastructure sectors Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala will be the Chairperson while Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett will lead the Agricultural Transformation and Environment protection category.
The Human Capital Development category will be headed by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i while the Governance and Public Administration cluster will be chaired by Attorney General Githu Muigai.
The Head of State has also re-organised the Cabinet’s schedule, reducing the meetings to twice a month as opposed to the traditional weekly sessions.
“The Cabinet will hold its regular meetings twice-a-month, focusing, as usual, on policy issues. But these meetings will also now focus on reviewing, monitoring and evaluating progress of projects under implementation,” he said.
During the three-day annual Cabinet retreat, Kenyatta also suspended the initiation of new government funded projects to ensure full concentration on completion of projects and government programmes already underway.