Kenyan President William Ruto on Tuesday named his first cabinet after winning a divisive election in August and defending his narrow victory in the country’s highest court.
Ruto, who defeated his opponent Raila Odinga by some 200,000 votes, unveiled his new administration after calling the 26 ministers and cabinet-level appointees to a meeting at State House.
Among those appointed were political allies whose support helped ensure Ruto, who served as deputy president in the former government, took the top job after an acrimonious campaign.
The president thanked those who “worked and walked this journey to victory”.
“Because of their contribution, because of their decision to work with us under very difficult circumstances, we won this election,” Ruto told reporters.
Musalia Mudavadi, whose party forged an alliance with Ruto, was named prime cabinet secretary, answering directly to the president and his deputy.
Alfred Mutua, a former governor whose party also sided with Ruto, was named foreign minister.
Kithure Kindiki, a lawyer who served on the legal team that defended Ruto’s win in the Supreme Court, was appointed cabinet secretary of the powerful interior ministry.
Former central bank governor Njuguna Ndung’u was appointed treasurer.
Ruto did not achieve gender parity in his team as promised on the campaign trail, naming just seven women in his 22-member cabinet.
However, a number of women were elevated to senior positions, including Monica Juma, a former foreign minister, who was named national security adviser.
I have nominated a new team to serve in the Cabinet and subject to the approval of the National Assembly, shall in due course appoint them to take charge of various ministries and implement the agenda of national transformation. pic.twitter.com/Drrys7mvoi
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 27, 2022