President William Ruto on Monday, January 9, made some changes among Kenya Kwanza ministries and State Departments.
In Executive Order Number One of 2023, the Head of State split the office of State House spokesperson held by Hussein Mohammed with that of the Head of the Presidential Communication Service (PSC) headed by David Mugonyi.
According to the new executive order, the State House Spokesperson will have his office under that of the President.
Hussein’s office which will be located at the State House will be independent and it will be distinct from that of the PCS.
His main mandate will be to release statements on functions and projects at the State House as assigned.
The State House Spokesperson will also lead a team of communicators, and researchers and will provide an interface with other arms of government.
The former director of communications in the Kenya Kwanza presidential campaign team will now report directly to the president.
While accepting the new roles, Hussein promised to work and help President William Ruto fulfill his campaign manifesto to Kenyans.
“Mr President, I’m grateful and humbled by the honor you have bestowed upon me to serve as State House Spokesperson, I pledge to tirelessly work. Thanks, patriots for your congratulatory messages,” he said.
In other changes, the president appointed David Nzioka as the State House Digital and Innovation Secretary replacing Dennis Itumbi who served in the same capacity during ex-President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stint.
Earlier, the president tasked his deputy Rigathi Gachagua as the in-charge of the coffee sector reform in the country.
The second in command will further chair cabinet meetings as well as oversee the implementation of cabinet decisions.
He will further coordinate inter-governmental relations between national and county governments as well as chair the inter-governmental budget and economic council among other duties.