President Kenyatta Reshuffles Cabinet - Tourism now a standalone ministry and appointment of new Cabinet Secretary for Tourism

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet announcing that the changes were necessary for effective service delivery. A number of the new Principal Secretaries are former executives in the private sector including from companies such as McKinsey and lead commercial banks, thus signaling a major shift from hiring politicians to having corporate bosses on board.

A significant change was that Tourism was made to be a standalone ministry highlighting the importance that the President has placed on tourism as one of the key pillars of the Kenyan economy. To head up the Tourism Ministry Honourable Najib Balala, a well known and respected figure, was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary.  Hon. Balala was the Minister after the infamous post election violence period in Kenya and in his 4 year tenure he was able to lead the industry to a record year in 2011.  Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed was appointed as the Permanent Secretary for Tourism and is currently working at the United Nations in Switzerland having held a number of senior positions in private sector.  These changes will go a long ways to accelerating the tourism recovery in Kenya and getting back to high growth years.

By Atta East Africa Director Mohanjeet Brar