Kenya’s newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday named his new ministers of foreign affairs and finance, in a cabinet that will number 18 ministries, down from 44 previously.
Kenyatta appointed Henry K. Rotich, a technocrat who has spent his whole career at the finance ministry and the central bank, as finance minister.
Amina Mohamed is to become foreign minister.
Mohamed, who started her career at the Kenyan foreign affairs ministry, then the justice ministry before moving to the United Nations, was in the running to replace Pascal Lamy as director general of the World Trade Organisation, but was eliminated from the race earlier this month.
Kenyatta also named the ministers of information and health, but said the other 14 cabinet ministers would be announced at a later date.
The nominees will be vetted by a parliamentary committee comprised of the speaker and members of parliament from both the majority and minority parties.