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;
|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|