NAIROBI, Kenya September 29 – President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, sending Eugene Wamalwa to the Ministry of Defense where he will replace Monica Juma.
Juma was taken to the Energy Ministry to succeed Charles Keter who is the new Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, a post previously held by Wamalwa.
The changes were announced by State House spokeswoman Kanze Dena.
Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge, who has been replaced by Gordon Kihalangwa, has also left the Department of Energy.
Njoroge has been reassigned to the Ministry of Transport.
Solomon Kitungu is the new Principal Secretary of the State Department for Public Works while Nelson Marwa remains PS for the State Department of Welfare, Elderly Affairs and Special Programs, which has been transferred to the Ministry of Public Service and Gender.
“The changes take effect immediately,” the State House statement said.
Keter’s exit from the role of energy came hours after President Kenyatta received a report submitted by a presidential task force on the review of power purchase agreements he appointed in March, which recommended sweeping reforms to reduce the cost of electricity.
“The consequence of the proposed interventions is that a consumer who previously spent 500 shillings per month on electricity will by December 31, 2021 have to pay 330 shillings per month,” said a statement issued by the president’s press office.
“This cost reduction will be achieved by reducing consumer tariffs from an average of 24 shillings per kilowatt hour to 16 shillings per kilowatt hour, or about two-thirds of the current rate,” State House said.
The task force chaired by John Ngumi, chairman of the board of the Kenya Pipeline Company, also recommended the cancellation of all unfinished power purchase agreements.