President Uhuru Kenyatta has been praised and criticised in equal measure after he released the Cabinet list on Friday.
Western leaders on Saturday thanked President Uhuru for nominating former Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and former Raila Odinga ally as a Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary .
The leaders also asked Mr Namwamba to work closely with Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ regardless of their divergent political views.
Bunyala Central MCA Felix Omanyi, who is also the Busia Minority Leader, however, urged the President to consider appointing two or three more politicians from the region in various capacities.
“As much as we appreciate the appointment of our very own Namwamba, Rashid Echesa from Mumias, and Eugene Wamalwa, we need more since the Government is big,” said Mr Omanyi.
The Jubilee leaders also cautioned locals against politicising the matter asking them to instead appreciate the little offered to them as a county.
In a Friday evening address, Uhuru dropped seven cabinet secretaries and deployed them as ambassadors in the various embassies around the world.
Judi Wakhungu, who was in charge of Environment and Regional Development Authorities, has been nominated as Kenya’s Ambassador to France.
Cleopa Mailu, the former Health CS, is an Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Geneva.
Jacob Kaimenyi, former Lands Cabinet Secretary, has been nominated to be Kenya’s envoy in The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France.
Hassan Wario, who was in charge of the Sports docket, nominated as Kenya’s envoy to Austria.
The Head of State also dropped CS for mining Dan Kazungu and nominated him as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania.
Former CS, Ministry of East African Community, Phylis Kandie, was dropped and nominated Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and European Union (EU).
Former CS Willy Bett, who was in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries has been nominated Kenya’s Ambassador to India.
Kiema Kilonzo, a former Member of Parliament (MP) was nominated Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda.
Lazaraus Amayo, the former High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom (UK) has been nominated as the High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Nations (UN) in New York.
The President also released the names of nominated cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries.
President Uhuru’s full cabinet list
Margaret Kobia – Public Service
Fred Matiang’i – Interior
Charles Keter – Energy
John Munyes – Petroleum Mining
Eugene Wamalwa – Devolution
Racheal Omamo – Defence
Monica Juma – Foreign Affairs
Simon Chelugui – Water
Keriako Tobiko – Environment
Aden Mohammed – Industrialisation
James Macharia – Transport
Joseph Mucheru – ICT.
Sicily Kariuki – Health
Rashid Achesa – Sports.
Najib Balala – Tourism.
Amina Mohamed – Education.
Farida Karoney – Lands
Ukur Yatani – Labour
Peter Munya – East African Community
Chief Administrative Secretaries
Ababu Namwamba – Foreign Affairs
Nelson Marwa – Devolution
Michael Powon – Arid and Semi-arid Lands
Peter Kaberia – Sports
Josetta Makobe – Heritage
Belio Kisang – Learning and Basic Education
Lilian Omollo -Gender
Torome Saitoti – Defence