Charles Hinga retained as Nakuru gets three Principal Secretary slots

Nakuru County continues to reap big from Dr William Ruto’s presidency. After getting a full Cabinet Minister for the first time in 50 years, Nakuru has, once again, a reason to smile.

This follows the appointment of three individuals from Nakuru to serve in the new Presidents administration as Principal Secretaries. This number is unprecedented in Nakuru’s history and it is evident that President Ruto is paying back the huge support he and the UDA party received from Nakuru.

From the list of the 51 proposed Principal Secretaries, Nakuru County has Charles Hinga, Nixon Korir and Festus Ng’eno on the list. While Mr Charles Hinga has been retained from the previous administration, Nixon Korir is an immediate former MP. Festus Ng’eno on the other hand is the outgoing County Executive Member for Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources in Nakuru

Hon. Nixon, popularly known as Generali, is a native of the Solai ward in Rongai Sub- County. Between 2017 and 2022, Nixon Korir served as the MP for Lang’ata Constituency in Nairobi County. He has been proposed to be the new PS for State Department for Lands and Physical Planning. Interestingly, the Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Zachariah Mwangi Njeru, is also from Nakuru County.

Charles Hinga will continue serving in the Stae department for Housing and Urban Development, a docket he has held for the last five years. Among the projects in Nakuru that have come during his tenure include; the affordable housing project in Kivumbini, the Modern Nakuru Market near Kingdom Seekers Church and the newly launched Nakuru City Bau Park at Ziwani. The bus park was launched in September this year by Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika.

PS Charles Hinga is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Kenyatta University (Kenya) and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honors) from the University of South Africa. He is a co-founder of Pamoja Capital, which is an advisory firm with offices in Nairobi and Johannesburg where he served as the Chairman until 2017. He was born in Nakuru at the famous Bondeni Maternity Hospital.

Engineer Festus Ng’eno ghas over a decade of experience in management. Before being appointed CECM for Water, Environment, Energy and natural Resources in Nakuru, Ng’eno worked in both the public and private sectors in several East African Countries. In Kenya, he has worked with World Vision, Kericho water & Sanitation Company and Davis & Shirtliff.

The proposed PS for State Development for Environment is a Registered Lead Expert on Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit (EIA, EA) Expert with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). He has a Master of Science (MSc.) Degree in Environmental & Biosystems Engineering and Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Environmental & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Additionally, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Leadership & Corporate Governance from KCA University.

The names of the 51 proposed Principal Secretaries have been forwarded to the National Assembly for vetting.

Below is the full list of the proposed PSs;

  1. Abdi Dubart – State Department for East African Community Affairs
2. Abubakar Hassan – State Department for Investment Promotion
3. Alex Wachira – State Department for Energy
4. Alfred K’Ombundo – State Department for Trade
5. Amos Gathecha – State Department for Public Service
6. Aurelia Rono – State Department for Parliamentary Affairs
7. Beatrice Inyangala – State Department for Higher Education and Research
8. Betsy Muthoni Njagi – State Department for Blue Economy and Fisheries
9. Caroline Nyawira – State Department for Correctional Services
10. Charles Hinga – State Department for Housing and Urban Development
11. Dr Belio Kipsang – State Department for Basic Education
12. Dr Chris Kiptoo- State Department for the National Treasury
13. Dr Josephine Mburu – State Department for Health Standards and Professional Management
14. Dr Korir Sing’oei – State Department for Foreign Affairs
15. Dr Paul Ronoh – State Department for Water and Sanitation
16. Elijah Mwangi – State Department for Mining
17. Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui – State Department for ICT and The Digital Economy
18. Eng. Peter Tum – State Department for Medical Services
19. Ephantus Kimotho -State Department for Forestry
20. Esther Ngero- State Department for Performance and Delivery Management
21. Esther Thaara Muhoria – State Department for TVET
22. Festus Ngeno – State Department for Environment
23. Geoffrey Kaituko – State Department for Labour and Skills Development
24. Gitonga Mugambi – State Department for Irrigation
25. Harry Kimutai – State Department for Livestock Development
26. Idris Dogota – State Department for ASALs and Regional Development
27. Ismail Madey – State Department for Youth Affairs
28. James Muhati – State Department for Economic Planning
29. Joel Arumonyang – State Department for Public Works
30. John Ololtuaa – State Department for Tourism
31. Jonathan Mueke – State Department for Sport and The Arts
32. Joseph Mugosi Mutavi – State Department for Social Protection and Senior Citizen Affairs
33. Joseph Mungai Mbugua – State Department for Roads
34. Julius Bitok – State Department for Citizen Services
35. Julius Korir – State Department for Cabinet Affairs
36. Juma Mukhwana – State Department for Industry Livestock Development
37. Mohamed Dhagar – State Department for Transport
38. Mohamed Liban – State Department for Petroleum
39. Nixon Korir – State Department for Lands and Physical Planning
40Veronica Mueni Nduva – State Department for Gender and Affirmative Action
41. Patrick Kiburi Kilemi – State Department for Cooperatives
42. Patrick Mariro – Ministry of Defence
43. Phillip Kello Harsama – State Department for Crop Development
44. Prof Edward Kisiangani – State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications
45. Raymond Omollo – State Department for Interior and National Administration
46. Roseline Njogu – State Department for Diaspora Affairs
47. Shadrack Mwadime – State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs
48. Susan Mangeni – State Department for MSMEs Development
49. Sylvia Naseya Muhoro – State Department for Wildlife
50. Teresia Mbaika Malokwe – State Department for Devolution
51. Ummy Mohammed Bashir – State Department for Culture and Heritage
Author: Gicinga

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