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PS Muraguri moved to Land ministry after Sh5b Afya House scandal

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reshuffled principal secretaries in a move that saw besieged Health PS Nicholas Muraguri moved to Land ministry.

The mini reshuffle also affected PSs who have been warring with their cabinet secretaries.

By moving Dr Muraguri, President Kenyatta effectively ends his feud with Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu which spilled into the public during the recent doctors’ strike.

Dr Mailu had complained of insubordination from his PS who had refused to take orders to negotiate with the striking doctors on behalf of the ministry.


Dr Muraguri was at the centre of the Sh5 billion Afya House scam when he was recorded threatening a Business Daily journalist not to publish the exposé.

Patrick Nduati Mwangi has also been moved from Irrigation to Industry & Enterprise Development.

Mr Mwangi has also been at loggerheads with Water CS Eugene Wamalwa over the construction of Sh62.3 billion Thwake dam.

A dispatch from State House said President Kenyatta “has purposed the changes to enhance teamwork and to improve the accountability for results in the execution of the Government’s responsibilities.”

“In the continuing endeavor by the Jubilee Administration to improve the efficiency of public service delivery to Kenyans, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has deemed it necessary to make changes to the organization of Government,” read the State House dispatch.

Micah Pkopus Powon moves to Devolution from Correctional Services, while Amb. Peter Kaberia moves to Sports Development from Defence.

Mwanamaka Mabruki of Devolution has been moved to Gender Affairs replacing Zeinab Hussein who is the new Irrigation PS.


Julius Korir of Industry & Enterprise Development has replaced Dr Muraguri at Afya House as Health PS, while Mariam El-Maawy of Lands moves to Public Works.

Saitoti Torome has been moved to Defence from Planning & Statistics, while Wilson Irungu Nyakera leaves Transport for Planning & Statistics.

DR. Paul Maringa Mwangi of Public Works will move to Transport while Amb. Richard Ekai of Sports Development is the new Correctional Services PS.