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Uhuru has every reason to retain Kaimenyi as Cabinet Secretary

By Nathaniel Mong'are | December 9th 2017

Prof Kaimenyi, the inaugural Education CS in President Uhuru just to be concluded cabinet is a silent technocrat who has initiated and implemented several reforms agendas in the dockets he has been appointed to.

He heeded the tag, fewer politics more development, lives by the mantra of servant leadership to Kenyans, a down-to-earth technocrat who doesn't shout from the rooftop about his achievements as the adage goes, "kizuri chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza."

Imagine if the entire Cabinet was driven by Public Relations stunts instead of deliberate, carefully thought-out policies that in most cases are unpalatable to cartels who want to hold hostage working public servants.

From the broad Education sector to the cartel-ridden and politically emotive Lands docket, Prof. Kaimenyi has spearheaded rigorous reforms to the benefit of Wanjiku.

At Jogoo House, the heavy responsibility of developing Digital Literacy Curriculum to pave way for the implementation of the Jubilee signature project, the Class One laptop project.

He successfully oversaw the scrapping of the examinations fee for basic education sector saving millions of poor Kenyans the agony of accessing education thus increasing the transition rate at various stages of education.

As if not enough, he successfully banned tuition to allow our children attain holistic development and re-aligned KNEC to better manage examinations under the Basic Education Act and attendant regulations. 

It is under his watch that capitation to Universities and HELB increased quarter fold with less industrial action witnessed. Being a strong academician with a vast experience in the higher education sector.

The aforesaid reforms have largely been used by his successor to much acclaim. 

When he was moved to the complex, cartel saddled and politically emotive Lands and Physically Planning docket, the good professor has digitized all operations in the Ministry with aim of weeding off notorious cartel network that has caused loss of land documents, which is now a thing of the past.

He has put to an end the squabbles between the Ministry and the National Land Commission which was witnessed during the reign of Governor Charity Ngilu and Swazuri.

The harmonious relationship between the two crucial government agencies has increased productivity in the land sector as seen in the tripled increase of title deeds to ordinary Kenyans in 50 years in less than 4 years. 

These are important milestones achieved by Prof. Kaimenyi and considering the balance of technocrats and politicians in the yet to be unveiled Second Cabinet, President Uhuru and Deputy William Ruto need to consider retaining this technocrat to maintain the rich institutional memory he has.

The integrity he posses having never been involved in any corruption scandal in both Ministries he has held. To implement Jubilee manifesto, cement Uhurus legacy, unite the Ameru community off the Munya-Kiraitu wars, the country should not be robbed of this selfless leader.

Let Kaimenyi complete the journey with President Uhuru.

Nathaniel Akadima

Former Secretary-General, Moi University Students' Organisation (MUSO)

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