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Profiles of the four nominated Cabinet secretaries

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY PETER NG'ETICH

Secretary for ICT: Dr Fred Matiangi

 Dr Fred Matiangi Curriculum Vitae shows that he has a wide range of experience.

Matiangi's education background include a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Nairobi, a Master's Degree in English from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kenyatta University.

He has more than 12 years experience in democratic development, with the last six years being with the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Project, serving as the deputy director and senior program officer. He has been the Chief of Party in the last three years.

Matiangi served as a liaison between Livelihood Support Programme, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Parliament of Kenya and has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to secure stakeholder buy-in, facilitate programme objectives and deliver technical assistance.

He has extensive experience in governance-related research, civil society advocacy, donor-funded democracy and governance projects.

Prior to joining the Kenya project, Matiangi taught at the English Department, University of Nairobi, held research and programme implementation positions in various civil society organisations in Kenya and conducted research and training for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Parliaments of Ethiopia and the East African Legislative Assembly.

He has also been a columnist for some daily newspapers and has consulted extensively with USAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, The West Minister Foundation for Democracy, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Transparency International.

 Secretary for foreign affairs: Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Ambassador Amina Mohamed is the assistant secretary general of United Nations. She is a former Justice PS. Mohamed has worked since 1985 in the Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Justice ministries. She is Kenya’s Unep representative in Geneva. Mohamed is a lawyer and diplomat. She is married with two children. She has been nominated as Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Secretary for National Treasury: Henry K Rotich

DEPUTY Director, Economic Affair at the Ministry of Finance of Kenya Henry K Rotich has been appointed as the cabinet secretary National Treasury.

Rotich has been working at the Ministry of Finance from March 2006 to present which has been a period of 7 years and 2 months.

He was also an Assistant Director Central Bank of Kenya from September 1994 to February 2006.

Rotich served as an Economist at IMF Resident in Nairobi since December 2001 to August 2004.

He went to Harvard University Kennedy School of Government from 2009-2010.

Rotich holds a Masters of Arts ,Economics from the University of Nairobi and a BA,Economics from the same institution.

The 44 years old Rotich is married with 2 sons.

He has also worked in various countries including Mozambique,Malawi ,Rwanda among other countries. 

Secretary for Health: James Wainaina

James Wainaina Macharia the immediate former General Manager of the NIC bank is the new Cabinet Secretary in charge of Health that was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The fifty four year old banker served as NIC MD from May 2005 topped his 'O' level and 'A' level before graduating with Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree from the University of Nairobi in 1983 and was later selected to serve in London where he worked for Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London and Nairobi, and is a Chartered Public Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales).

He has worked as Managing Director of African Banking Corporation (ABC) , in Zambia and Tanzania. He served as Managing Director of ABC Group in Zambia and Standard Chartered Bank Kenya.

He is a Chartered Accountant ) Mr. Macharia obtained a Bachelors degree in Commerce from University of Nairobi and a Master Business Administration from Henley Management College.

He is married to a Zambian Pamela Chada with whom he has two daughters..

Macharia thanked President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto for appointing him Cabinet secretary Health and said that although banking and health are two different professions, he is confident that with the assistance of the ministry's staff, he will manage to steer the health sector to greater heights.

" I believe no challenge cannot be overcome with commitment and passion anything can be achieved. I know bank is different from Health but i believe with the support of colleagues, i will manage," Macharia said after his appointment.