Kenyan President Kenyatta to Form Cabinet After Posts Vacated

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is forming a government to fill all of the country’s Cabinet positions that fell vacant after his inauguration two days ago.

The most senior civil servants in each government ministry, known as the permanent secretaries, are in charge of their departments until a new Cabinet is appointed, according to an e-mailed statement yesterday from the Nairobi-based Presidential Press Service that didn’t give a timeline.

Kenyatta was sworn in on April 9, almost half a century after his father, Jomo Kenyatta, became the East African nation’s first post-independence president.

The 51-year-old former deputy premier and finance minister is expected to start trial in July at the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity for organizing violence at the previous election in 2007. Deputy President William Ruto, who is facing similar charges at the Hague-based court, is scheduled to begin his trial in May. They both say they are innocent and will defend themselves in court.

It will be the first appointment of a new executive since Kenya enacted a constitution in 2010 stipulating the president must appoint between 14 to 22 Cabinet Secretaries who are unelected and who must be approved by lawmakers. Previously, Cabinet Ministers were required to have been elected to parliament.

Possible candidates for the spots include James Mwangi, chief executive officer of Equity Bank Ltd. and Titus Naikuni, head of Kenya Airways Ltd., the Daily Nation reported on April 7, without saying how it got the information.

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