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Kenya: President Ruto unveils cabinet, appoints ex-central bank governor, Njuguna Ndung’u, as finance minister

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In Kenya, former central bank governor, Njuguna Ndung’u has been appointed as finance minister as the East African country battles rising inflation, a heavy debt burden, and drought.

The Kenyan President, William Ruto who was recently sworn in made the announcement on Tuesday when unveiling members of his cabinet.

“Today, I am proud to announce the men and women who will serve in the Cabinet of the Republic of Kenya. It is important we set up the new Cabinet early to take charge and realize the plans and agenda we promised to the people of Kenya.

“I also appreciate the political parties that joined us, UDA, to form the Kenya Kwanza alliance. From Ford-Kenya to Maendeleo Chap Chap and others,” Ruto stated.

The president also announced that his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua will deputize him in all duties which will be gazetted upon the issue of an Executive Order.

 

See the full list below:

  1. Prime Cabinet Secretary – Musalia Mudavadi
  2. CS Interior – Professor Kithure Kindiki
  3. Treasury and Social Planning – Njuguna Ndung’u
  4. Public Service – Aisha Jumwa
  5. Defence – Aden Duale
  6. Water and Sanitation – Alice Wahome
  7. Foreign Affairs – Alfred Mutua
  8. Trade, Investment, and Industry – Moses Kuria
  9. East African Community – Rebecca Miano
  10. Transport and Roads – Kipchumba Murkome
  11. Environment – Soipan Tuya
  12. Lands and Housing – Zachariah Njeru
  13. Tourism – Peninah Malonza
  14. Agriculture – Mithika Linturi
  15. Health – Susan Nakhumicha
  16. ICT – Eliud Owalo
  17. Education – Ezekiel Machogu
  18. Energy and Petroleum – Davis Chirchir
  19. Sports – Ababu Namwamba
  20. Cooperatives – Simon Chelugui
  21. Mining – Salim Mvurya
  22. Labour and Social Protection – Florence Florence Bore
  23. Advisor on women’s rights – Harriet Kigai
  24. Advisor on National Security advisor- Monica Juma
  25. Attorney General – Muturi Njoka
  26. Secretary to the cabinet- Mercy Wanjao

The new finance minister, Professor Ndung’u, is an economics expert who led the central bank between 2007 and 2015. He is renowned for presiding over the expansion of the financial sector and condemnation for prioritizing growth over price stability in 2011.

The president reiterated that the cabinet was formed with the understanding of the dire economic situation the East African country currently faces.

“We appreciate that we have a difficult economic situation on our hands,” the president said as he unveiled his cabinet.

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Ruling junta, politicians sign agreement for civil transition in Sudan. Will it work?

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An agreement for a civilian-led transition that will last for two years has been made between Sudanese political parties and the military.

The arrangement is toward elections and ends a sometimes violent standoff triggered by a coup in October 2021.

The power-sharing arrangement between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition was delayed due to the absence of a Prime Minister after a coup in 2021.

The military under the new arrangement agreed it would only be represented on a security and defence council headed by a prime minister.

The military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said civilians should control politics and guide foreign policy. Signatories applauded when he repeated a slogan used by protesters to call for the army to exit politics: “Soldiers belong in the barracks, and parties go to elections.”

Recall that Sudanese politician, Wagdi Salih was released from prison on Sunday ahead of the discussion surrounding the coalition agreement.

Meanwhile, the transition plan does not seem to have sat well with some session of the public as security officers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters about 1-1/2km from the presidential palace on Monday over the development.

One of the protesters, 36-year-old state employee Ahmed Fateh al-Rahman, said. “We want justice for our martyrs, trial for the military, and civilian rule.” “We will defeat this agreement because it is an extension of the coup.”

Will the arrangement lead to lasting progress in the political crises facing the East African country?

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Zambia’s Vice President, Mutale Nalumango, to visit Ivory Coast for summit on nutrition

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Zambia’s Vice President, Mutale Nalumango is set to visit and attend the African Union (AU) High-level meeting to address issues of nutrition on the continent.

Fourteen member countries are participating in a two-day meeting which includes governments, experts, and cooperating partners.

The Vice President Permanent Secretary for Administration, Lilian Kapusana confirmed the journey on Tuesday.

Among other issues, the Vice President will reaffirm the commitments by the ruling government’s commitment to ensuring food security in the country.

“Mrs. Nalumango will address the challenges and milestones made in food and nutrition together with our cooperating partners who gave implemented projects in addressing issues of malnutrition and stunted growth in the country,” Ms. Kapusana said.

Participating countries at the summit are expected to reaffirm commitments to improving food and nutrition through agreements that will be signed during the course of the deliberations.

The United Nations Children’s Fund reported that in 2021, six million children are affected by life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in West and Central Africa.

Hopefully, the summit on nutrition will end with concrete measures to address some of the issues like land and crop degradation, periodic droughts and weather-related shocks, poverty, limited access to basic food staples and essential services, and population growth, which all contribute to emergency levels of malnutrition in the region.

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