William Ruto was sworn in on Tuesday, September 13, after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld his presidential victory.
On Tuesday, September 27, the Head of State chaired his first Cabinet meeting at the State House, Nairobi.
“President William Ruto is currently chairing his first Cabinet meeting, State House, Nairobi,” a statement from State House indicated.
The meeting was attended by all Cabinet Secretaries (CSs).
Outgoing CSs who served under the previous regime led by now-retired President Uhuru Kenyatta were all in attendance.
According to pictures shared by the State House Kenya, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, and his Information Communication and Technology (ICT) counterpart Joe Mucheru were also in attendance.
Devolution CS Eugine Wamalwa who doubles up as Defense CS, as well as Agriculture CS Peter Munya, was also present.
Others who attended the meeting include Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Tourism CS Najib Balala, Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Eugene Wamalwa (Defence), Joe Mucheru (ICT) Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Sports), Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua were present.
The meeting comes at a time when Kenyans are anxiously waiting for President William Ruto to name his cabinet.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that Matiang’i, Mucheru, Munya, and Wamalwa were among the CSs who strongly campaigned against the president, preferring Raila Odinga instead.
The first Cabinet meeting comes just days after the new government blocked outgoing CSs and their Principal Secretaries from traveling abroad.
In a statement dated Monday, September 19, the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the directive was in place to allow for a smooth transition from the fourth regime to the fifth administration.
“Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless as sanctioned by the Head of State and Government,” Kinyua said.