President Uhuru Kenyatta has made some cabinet changes affecting the state department for correctional services in what is seen as the latest response to the recent cases of prison breaks.

In the latest changes, Zainab Hussein has been moved as the Public Secretary in the state department for correctional services to the ministry of tourism in the same capacity where she will serve under CS Najib Balala.

In a swap deal, PS Safina Kwekwe who was serving in the Ministry of Tourism as the PS has taken over from Zeinab in the correctional services.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Deputy Director-General Kangethe Thuku has been appointed as the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Department for Correctional Services.

Kangethe Thuku NMS Deputy Director General during past county function
A file photo of Kangethe Thuku the NMS deputy director-general who has been appointed as CAS in the state department for correctional services. | PHOTO: Courtesy |

Thuku takes the position in a department that has been raising concerns for a while now following the recent cases of prison break.


A month ago, three terrorist suspects escaped from Kamiti Maximum prison in unclear circumstances that forced the Head of State to make changes that affected the whole government entity.

He appointed Brigadier (Rtd.) John Kibaso Warioba to replace Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner General of Prisons.

Thuku was secretly appointed as Badi’s deputy in NMS in November 2020 from Enosh Momanyi who had assumed the position in January 2020.

These changes come weeks after the first cabinet shuffle on September 29.

In a statement, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena announced that Monica Juma was moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Energy where she replaced Charles Keter who was moved to the ministry of devolution.

Eugene Wamalwa who was serving as devolution CS replaced Juma at the ministry of defence.


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