On Tuesday, September 27, President William Ruto appointed Cabinet Secretaries who will serve in his government.
The Head of State retained two CSs who served under the previous regime were retained.
Simon Chelugui and Monica Juma who served in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration were appointed to serve as the CS for Cooperative and advisor to the national Security Council respectively.
Some of the new faces unveiled for consideration were either involved in past scandals or are currently battling court cases.
Kivumbi.co.ke has compiled a list of Cabinet Secretaries with past and/or present scandals.
Former Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa was appointed the CS for Public Service.
Jumwa, who was floored in the Kilifi gubernatorial race in the August 9, General Election is currently standing trial for embezzling KSh 19 million National Government Constituency Development Fund money.
She is also facing murder charges at the Mombasa High Court where she is accused of killing a supporter of the ODM party in 2019.
- Kipchumba Murkomen
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was named the new Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport, and Public works, by President William Ruto.
Five years ago, Murkomen was accused of using his law firm to launder the National Youth Service (NYS) millions.
Sing’oei, Murkomen and Sigei advocates, a law firm heavily linked to Senator Kipchumba Murkomen failed to account for KSh 15 million in the NYS scandal.
- Justin Muturi
The two-term National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi is now set to become the 8th Attorney-General (AG) of the country following his nomination by President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 27.
Muturi served as a principal magistrate between 1982 and 1997 before retiring from judicial service to enter politics.
Muturi, resigned in 1997 after being accused of soliciting a KSh1 million bribe fromMasaba Hospital founder Geoffrey Joel Momanyi “to sort out” a criminal case, which marked the end of his career as a senior resident Magistrate.
Following the KSh1 million bribery accusations, Muturi left the Judiciary and joined politics and was elected as MP for Siakago constituency now known as Mbeere North constituency in 1999.
- Mithika Linturi
President William Ruto appointed former Meru Senator Mithika Linturi to the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock Department replacing Peter Munya.
Linturi, a close ally of the Head of State was charged with the attempted rape of a middle-aged woman on January 30, 2021.
The charges stated that on January 30, 2021, Linturi attempted to have sex with his would-be victim without her consent.
The said incident happened at the Maiyan Villas Hotel in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.
“On January 30, 2021, at around 3:00 am at Maiyan Villas Hotel, Nanyuki in Laikipia East Sub-County in the Republic of Kenya, you (Linturi) intentionally touched the (woman) without her consent,” the charges read in part.
- Salim Mvurya
Former Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya was appointed for consideration as the Mining Cabinet Secretary in Kenya Kwanza government.
The auditor general’s report on the 2017/2018 financial year revealed that Mvurya’s government made fictitious pending bills amounting to over KSh1.6 billion alleged fake pending bills and a KSh1.2 billion surplus.
The then County boss however rejected the special audit report saying that it did not reflect the real position at the county government.
- Ababu Namwamba
President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 27, appointed Ababu Namwamba as the new Sports and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary.
Just like Justin Muturi, the former Budalang’I MP and ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba was accused of using his powerful parliamentary position to enrich himself through extortion and blackmail.
By then, Namwamba was the head of the Public Accounts team of the National Assembly.
Namwamba’s team becomes the first watchdog committee to be disbanded on allegations of corruption in the history of the Kenyan Parliament.
- Musalia Mudavadi
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi was appointed the Prime Cabinet Secretary in William Ruto’s government.
Mudavadi, who is now the third most powerful official in President William Ruto’s government following Cabinet announcements made Tuesday, September 27, has not been spared in the names of the corrupt government officials either.
During the grand coalition government, the then Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi was under investigation by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission over the KSh283 million cemetery land fraud.
KACC said it was investigating Mudavadi to ascertain whether he was party to the fraud in which the City Council of Nairobi bought land valued at KSh24 million for nearly KSh300 million.