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Mary Chebukati, Mary Mwangangi, miss out on PS positions

Mary Chebukati, wife of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati, is among the notable absentees missing from the list of Principal Secretaries (PS’s) appointed by President William Ruto.

The Head of State named the new PS’s on Wednesday.

They will replace the outgoing lot that served under former president William Ruto’s regime subject to approval by Parliament.

Mrs Chebukati was among thousands of applicants for the job.

Her husband gained prominence during and in the aftermath of the August 2022 polls when he claimed in court to have been coerced by security authorities to change the election results to President Ruto’s disadvantage.

Also missing from the list of PS list is Mary Mwangangi, the former Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), and IEBC Commissioner Boya Molu.

Mrs Chebukati has been in public service for many years as an accountant in prominent government institutions.

Mwangangi meanwhile hogged media headlines when she came to offer public updates during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three were among 477 candidates shortlisted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) from the over 9,000 nominees who had submitted their applications, according to the body’s corporate communications officer Browne Kutswa.

Dr Ruto released the list of 51 down from the 250 names the Public Service Commission (PSC) had forwarded to him after interviews.

Among the notable names on the list are former Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir, former Regional Development PS in charge of Regional and Northern Corridor Development Belio Kipsang, former Nairobi County Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke, and Charles Hinga.

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