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Ruto appoints ex-CS Phyllis Kandie as Market Development advisor

Phyllis Kandie, a former Cabinet Secretary for East African affairs, has made a comeback to the public service.

This follows the decision by President William Ruto to appoint her as one of his advisers on Commodity Market Development on September 19, 2023.

Ms Kandie confirmed the appointment on her socials.

“I undertake to work diligently with all stakeholders to ensure that his vision to streamline the Agriculture sector by setting up a licensed, Regulated private sector led National Commodities Exchange that shall link the Farmer to both the domestic and international markets becomes a reality,” she explained.

She has further vowed to regulate the private sector through the National Commodities Exchange which shall link the farmer to both the domestic and international markets becomes a reality.

Ms Kandie also served as Labour Cabinet Secretary between 2013 and 2018.

She was dropped by the former president in his second term, out of which only six Cabinet Secretaries were retained from the first team.

Soon after, she was appointed Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union.

Previously, Ms Kandie served on the board of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

She is also a member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks.

She is the latest Cabinet Secretary to make a comeback to the public service.

This past week, the President picked former Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter as his advisor on Great Lakes Region Affairs.

Other notable appointments by President Ruto include ex-Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa who was picked to head the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

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