Kenyan President Nominates Barclays Africa’s Mohamed to Cabinet

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta named 12 more nominees for Cabinet posts, favoring people with private-industry experience and technical expertise to back his plans of doubling growth in East Africa’s largest economy.

Adan Mohamed, who became chief administrative officer at Barclays Africa Ltd. in February, was recommended as Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Kenyatta told reporters today in the capital, Nairobi.

The appointments require the approval of lawmakers and the names of two remaining Cabinet nominations will be announced later, Kenyatta said. Earlier this week, Kenyatta unveiled his first four choices for Cabinet positions, recommending Finance Ministry economist Henry Rotich to lead the National Treasury and NIC Bank Ltd. (NICB) Managing Director James Macharia to preside over the Health Ministry.

“We are going to be a government who ensures there are equal opportunities for all,” Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta, the son of the country’s founding president, Jomo Kenyatta, won a presidential election on March 4 after campaigning on a promise to accelerate economic growth to at least 10 percent a year, create a million new jobs annually and build new infrastructure including a second international port.

Kenyatta reduced his Cabinet to 18 positions from 44 in the old administration and compared with a maximum of 22 ministries allowed under a constitution enacted in 2010. The leaner structure is meant to promote “efficient and effective” governance, Kenyatta said on April 18.

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Before his appointment at Barclays Africa, Mohamed had served for 10 years as chief executive officer of Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd. (BCBL), the nation’s third-largest bank by market value.

Davis Chirchir was nominated today to head the Energy and Petroleum Ministry as exploration accelerates after Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) last year found the country’s first crude deposit, which is being tested for its commercial viability.

Chirchir was formerly a member of the interim Independent Electoral Commission and he coordinated the privatization of Telkom Kenya Ltd. and the establishment of Safaricom Ltd. (SAFCOM), now East Africa’s largest mobile-phone operator, Kenyatta said.

Raychelle Omamo, an advocate of the High Court for 27 years, was nominated as Defense Secretary.

Two veteran politicians who lost their bids to become senators in last month’s elections were proposed for the executive. Najib Balala, a former tourism minister, was nominated as mining secretary, while ex-Water Minister Charity Ngilu was tapped to lead the Land, Housing and Urban Development Ministry.

Kenyatta and his deputy president William Ruto are facing trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity for organizing ethnic clashes after a presidential election in December 2007 that left at least 1,100 people dead and displaced 350,000. They both deny the charges.

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