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Monica Juma hands over office to new Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa

October 16th 2021, 2:34:08 pm

A new dawn.

Former Defence CS Monica Juma officially hands over to former Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa at the Defence Headquarters in Hurlingam.

Friday, October 15 marked the official handover of office within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between outgoing Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ambassador Dr. Monica Juma and the incoming CS Eugene Wamalwa at the Defence Headquarters in Hurlingam.

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In her address Dr. Juma expressed her gratitude and pleasure in having had the opportunity to serve within the MoD twice and of the immense support accorded to her throughout her tenure and urged everyone to endeavor to serve at their best.

The new CS said he was honoured to have joined the great KDF family and looked forward to apply his experience and extensive skillset garnered over his career within the ministries.

Cabinet Reshuffle

On Thursday, October 14 Wamalwa 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 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.

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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," said Keter.

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.

The President also reconstituted and renamed the Ministry of Public Service & Gender as the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs & Special Programmes.

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