The 2010 Constitution of Kenya allows a maximum of 22 ministries. After an election, the president is tasked with appointing members of the cabinet (cabinet secretaries) after they have been vetted by a parliamentary committee. This is contrary to the previous constitution where ministers could be appointed by the president without vetting. Ministers also used to be elected Members of Parliament in the preceding constitution.

In the past, Cabinet secretaries (CS) were referred to as ministers and it is not uncommon to hear most people still calling them Kenya ministers.

Who is a cabinet secretary? A CS is usually a member of the Kenyan Cabinet, which comprises the President, Deputy President, Attorney General and Cabinet Secretaries. The CS is in charge of a Kenyan Ministry.

Who is a Chief Administrative Secretary? This title was not recognized by the 2010 Constitution. Their role is to help CSs coordinate the affairs of the ministry. They are not assistance cabinet secretaries but they are more of it.

Who is a Principal Secretary? In Kenya, the principal secretary will be in charge of a state department, which is a position in a given ministry. The number of principal secretaries in Kenya will depend on the number of state departments. Currently, there are 44 PS positions in Kenya.

A principal secretary is tasked with the administration of a state department. Below are the functions and responsibilities of a principal secretary. There are 44 principal secretaries in Kenya.

Duties and responsibilities of principal secretaries in Kenya

  • Implementing government policies and the Strategic Plan for the State Department.
  • Facilitating the achievement of the goals and objectives of Government and Inter-Governmental programs and projects.
  • Developing and implementing an effective performance management system.
  • Ensuring efficient and effective utilization of Financial, Human and other Resources in the State Department. This includes submitting regular statutory reports.
  • Promoting high standards of professional ethics in the operations of their respective departments.

The following is the full and updated list of the ministries in Kenya, Cabinet Secretaries, and Chief Administrative Secretaries, and Principal Secretaries. Some CSs are featured.

1. Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government

Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’i, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Patrick K. Ole Ntutu
Principal Secretary: Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho, C.B.S. (Interior)
Principal Secretary: Maj.Gen.(Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa, C.B.S. (Immigration & Citizen Service)
Principal Secretary: Ms. Zainabu Abdallah Hussein, C.B.S. (Correctional Services)

Fred Matiangi

2. Ministry of Defence
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb. Dr. Monica K. Juma, C.B.S.
Principal Secretary: Mr. Torome Saitoti

Monica Juma

3. The National Treasury and Planning
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani Kanacho
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Nelson Gaichuhie
Principal Secretary: Dr. Kamau Thugge, C.B.S. (Treasury)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Julius Monzi Muia, E.B.S. (Planning)

Ukur Yatani

4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb., E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Ababu Namwamba, E.G.H.
Principal Secretary: Amb. Macharia Kamau, M.B.S.

Raychelle A. Omamo

5. Ministry of Industry, Trade & Co-operatives
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Peter Munya, M.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: –
Principal Secretary: Ms. Betty Chemutai Maina, C.B.S. (Industrialization)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Chris Kiptoo, C.B.S. (Trade)
Principal Secretary: – Mr. Ali Noor Ismail, CBS

Peter Munya

6. Ministry of Health
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Sicily K. Kariuki, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Dr. Rashid A. Aman
Principal Secretary: Ms. Susan N. Mochache, CBS


7. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, M.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Dr. Andrew Tuimur, C.B.S.
Principal Secretary: Dr. Richard L. Lesiyampe, C.B.S. (Crop Development)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Harry Kimutai (Livestock)
Principal Secretary: Prof. Hamadi Iddi Boga (Agriculture Research)
Principal Secretary: Prof. Japheth Micheni Ntiba, C.B.S. (Fisheries, Aquaculture & the Blue Economy)
Principal Secretary: Prof. Fred K. Segor, C.B.S. (Irrigation)


8. Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. James Wainaina Macharia, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Christopher Obure, E.G.H.
Principal Secretary: Ms. Esther Koimet, C.B.S. (Transport)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Julius Korir (Infrastructure)
Principal Secretary: Prof. Paul Maringa Mwangi, C.B.S. (Public Works)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Charles Hinga Mwaura (Housing & Urban Development)
Principal Secretary: Mrs. Nancy Karigithu, C.B.S. (Shipping & Maritime)

James Maina Macharia

9. Ministry of Devolution and the ASALS
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Amb. Tuneya Hussein Dado
Principal Secretary: Mr. Charles Talengo Sunkuli, C.B.S. (Devolution)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Michael PKopus Powon, C.B.S. (ASALS)

Eugene Wamalwa

10. Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Joe Mucheru
Chief Administrative Secretary: –
Principal Secretary: Mrs. Fatuma Hirsi, C.B.S. (Broadcasting & Telecommunication)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Jerome Okoth Ochieng’ (Information Communication Technology)

Joe Mucheru

11. Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage
Cabinet Secretary: HON. Amb. Amina C. Mohamed, EGH
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Hassan Noor Hassan, E.B.S.
Principal Secretary: Amb. Peter Kirimi Kaberia, C.B.S. (Sports)
Principal Secretary: Ms. Josephta Mukobe, C.B.S. (Culture & Heritage)

Amina Mohamed

12. Ministry of Education
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Prof. George A.O Magoha
Chief Administrative Secretary & Principal Secretary: Hon. Prof. Colletta Suda, C.B.S., FKNAS (University Education and Research)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang (Early learning & Basic Education)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Kevit Desai (Vocational & Technical Training)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot (Post-Training & Skills Development)

George Magoha

13. Ministry of East African Community (EAC) and Regional Development
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Adan Abdulla Mohamed, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Ken Obura
Principal Secretary: Dr. Margaret Mwakima, CBS (East African Community (EAC))
Principal Secretary: – (Northern Corridor Development)

Adan Mohamed

14. Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Amb. Ukur Yattani Kanacho
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Abdul Bahari
Principal Secretary: Eng. Peter Kiplagat Tum, OGW (Labour)
Principal Secretary: Mr. Nelson Marwa, E.B.S. (Social Protection, Pensions & Senior Citizens Affairs)


15. Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Najib Balala, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: –
Principal Secretary: Mr. Joe Okudo, C.B.S. (Tourism)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Susan Koech, C.B.S. (Wildlife)

Najib Balala

16. Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Keriako Tobiko, C.B.S.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi, E.G.H.
Principal Secretary: Dr. Ibrahim M. Mohamed C.B.S. (Environment & Forestry)

Keriako Tobiko

17. Ministry of Water and Sanitation
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Simon Chelugui
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Winnie Waceke Guchu
Principal Secretary: Mr. Joseph Wairagu Irungu, C.B.S.

Simon Chelugui

18. Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Farida Chepchumba Karoney
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Gideon Mung’aro
Principal Secretary: Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, C.B.S.

Chepchumba Farida Karoney

19. Ministry of Energy
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Charles Keter, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Simon Kachapin
Principal Secretary: Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge, C.B.S.

Charles Keter

20. Ministry of Petroleum and Mining
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. John K. Munyes, E.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Dr. Eng. John Mosonik, C.B.S.
Principal Secretary: Mr. Andrew Kamau Ng’ang’a (Petroleum)
Principal Secretary: Mr. John Murangi Omenge (Mining)

John Munyes

21. Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender
Cabinet Secretary: Hon. Prof. Margaret Kobia, M.G.H.
Chief Administrative Secretary: Hon. Rachel W. Shebesh
Principal Secretary: – (Public Service)
Principal Secretary: Ms. Safina Kwekwe (Gender)
Principal Secretary: Dr. Francis O. Owino (Youth)

Margaret Kobia

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