• Uhuru announced Cabinet changes last month.
• Wamalwa handed over the State Department of ASALs Development and Special programs on Thursday.
Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa has officially handed over his previous Devolution docket to the incoming CS Charles Keter.
Wamalwa handed over the State Department of ASALs Development and Special programs on Thursday following the recent reshuffle of the Cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During the ceremony, Wamalwa thanked the Devolution Development partners whom he said have greatly been part of the continuous transformative journey towards strengthening devolution.
“I wish to thank the Ministry of Devolution family /colleagues whom we worked with in driving the Devolution agenda forward, the Council of Governors that we worked with to build Intergovernmental Relations to an all-time best in serving same Kenyans in one indivisible Nation called Kenya,” Wamalwa said.
Keter said that his team will strive to improve and continue with the good work of his predecessors guided by the mandate of providing policy direction and leadership for effective management of devolution.
"The intention of Devolution is to bring services closer to the people and create a platform from which communities could participate in decisions that affect their economic and political well-being."
Earlier this month, Keter witnessed the handing over ceremony of the State Department of Energy by the outgoing PS Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge to incoming Principal Secretary Major Gen(RtD) Gordon Kihalangwa.
In Uhuru’s changes that were announced last month, CS Monica Juma was moved from Defence to Energy; Keter from Energy to Devolution, and Wamalwa from Devolution to Defence.
Four PSs were also reassigned to improve service delivery to the citizens as the president’s term approaches the end.
State Department for Public Works PS Gordon O. Kihalangwa was moved to Energy and replaced with Solomon Kitungu from the Transport Department.
Energy PS Joseph Njoroge was moved to State Department for Transport.
The powerful docket of social protection, pensions, and senior citizens were moved from the Ministry of Labour and will now be domiciled at the public service ministry.
ASAL functions were added to the Public Service CS Margaret Kobia’s docket; with the ministry renamed Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs & Special Programmes.