Gender balance, public vetting to ensure equity

Top: Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary) and Judy Wakhungu (Environment, Water and Natural Resources). Bottom from left: Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Phyllis Kandie (Tourism) and Anne Waiguru (Devolution and Planning).

What you need to know:

  • In his first Cabinet, exactly 50 years ago, Uhuru’s father and founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta had an all-male 15-member body of ministers.
  • By the 1970s there was a trend to give key posts such as provincial commissioners, senior civil servants, security top brass and appointees to statutory bodies to the president’s tribesmen.
  • But in 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated six women into his Cabinet.

In 2013, newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated six women into his cabinet representing a third of the total ministry heads and observing the Constitutional quota ushered in by the 2010 constitution.

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