Additional role for Gachagua as Ruto tweaks cabinet in new Executive Order
President William Ruto has tasked his deputy Rigathi Gachagua with overseeing reforms in the Coffee sector in a new Executive Order.
In his first Executive Order of 2023, the Head of State mandated Gachagua to oversight coffee sector reforms spearheaded by the Coffee Sub-Sector Reforms Implementation Standing Committee in addition to his functions as Deputy President.
In addition, Gachagua will chair key committees including the International Development Partnerships Co-ordination, Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee, Inter-Government Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) and National and County Governments Honours Advisory Committee.
The Deputy President will also lead the Nairobi Rivers Commission which is tasked with reclaiming rivers in the city.
At the same time, the President mandated Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi to oversee the Government Delivery Services (GDS) docket and tasked him with chairing the Principal Secretaries’ Committees as well as supervising the technical monitoring and evaluation of Government policies, programs and projects.
The President also placed the Kenya Kwanza government's Hustler Fund under the State Department for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSEES).
The department, the president said, will oversee the administration of the Hustler Fund for the promotion, development, and enhancing the competitiveness of MSMES among other functions.
President Ruto also split the Ministry of Environment and Forestry by creating the State Department for Environment and Climate Change and that of Forestry.
He also reorganised the Ministry of Health and renamed the State Department for Health Standards and Professional Management to State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards.
Also, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) which had been moved to the Ministry of Interior by the previous administration is now back under the Ministry of Transport.