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Isiolo professionals hail Ruto for nominating Duale to Cabinet

Aden Duale was nominated as a cabinet secretary for Defence. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Professionals from Isiolo county have hailed President William Ruto for nominating Aden Duale as Defence Cabinet Secretary.

Led by Dr Salad Sarite the professionals drawn from the larger Northern Frontier applauded the president for rewarding the region with Cabinet appointments.

“This clearly indicates that the region has found a special place in the president’s heart. It is like the president has devised a local solution for the local insecurity challenges which has bedeviled the region. Once confirmed as the substantive CS for Defense, Hon Duale should roll up his sleeves and arrest insecurity,” Dr Sarite during a press conference at a Nairobi hotel yesterday.

He appealed to the President to consider more professionals from the Northern Frontier in executive positions including Chief Administrative Secretary, Principal Secretary, ambassadors, parastatal heads and other state agencies.

Dr Sarite’s call comes at a time when Ruto's administration is facing criticism from a section of Azimio MPs and professionals from the region over claims that the Cabinet post is way below what President Uhuru Kenyatta handed the Northern Frontier in government appointments.

Dr. Salad Sarite, the Isiolo professionals organisation leader. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Cabinet Secretaries who served in Uhuru regime include John Munyes (Petroleum and Mining), Ukur Yattani (National Treasury), Adan Mohamed (East Africa Development), and Dr Amina Mohamed (Sports).

Dr Sarite, however, is optimistic that this would be compensated with more appointments in the executive.