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PS Esther Ngero quits after Ruto reshuffle

Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President Felix Kosgey has announced the resignation of a principal secretary

President William Ruto during a meeting at State House, Nairobi on May 3, 2023

Esther Ngero, the Principal Secretary for Correctional Services tendered her resignation after a mere five months in office.

The resignation was received and accepted by President William Ruto on Tuesday, May 23.

In her resignation letter to President Ruto, the outgoing PS cited persona reasons.

"His Excellency The President has received and accepted with regret the resignation of Ms. Esther Ngero, Principal Secretary for Correctional Services, who is leaving office for personal reasons," read the statement signed by Kosgey.

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Ngero was recently reassigned from the State Department for Performance Management & Delivery Services in the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary to the State Department for Correctional Services.

Her office was domiciled within the Ministry of Interior & National Administration.

During her time in office, Ngero made significant contributions by establishing the institutional framework to support the implementation of Public Service Performance Management and Monitoring for Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs).

According to the Head of Public, her expertise as a certified accountant, coupled with her almost two-decade career in the petroleum sector, brought a unique perspective to the role of Principal Secretary.

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Upon receiving Ngero's resignation, President William Ruto expressed his gratitude for her service to the nation and extended his well-wishes for her future endeavors.

The President acknowledged the dedication and effort she had invested in her role, despite the relatively short period of time she held the position.

Accoring to Nation, the PS resigned following a fight over control of millions of shillings allocated to the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary.

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Before her reassignment to the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Ngero was working in Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi’s office as head of the State Department for Performance and Delivery Management.

She was working alongside PS Aurelia Rono, who was in charge of the budget. When a fight ensued over the control of the budget, it was resolved that Ms Rono should be the accounting officer.

This decision did not sit well with Ngero, and as a result, sh resigned from her position.

She is the first high-ranking official in President Ruto's cabinet to resign

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