Woman Uhuru Entrusted With 2 Ministry Jobs Concurrently

  • In every crop of government officials, there is usually that silent hard worker who trumps colleagues in the eyes of their leader and for President Uhuru Kenyatta, one of those public servants seems to be Collete Suda, the incoming Gender Principal Secretary.

    Before the president's cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, January 14, Suda curiously performed two duties in the same ministry. 

    According to a report by Daily Nation, she served as the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education as well as the Principal Secretary for for University Education and Research.

    The two roles were distinct in that as the CAS, she performed her duties as the principal assistant to Education CS George Magoha in basic education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

    Collette Suda speaks during a past HELB event. She was transferred to Gender after serving as a PS and CAS in the Education Ministry.

    Her PS role entailed maintaining the country's quality of education in which she oversaw the merging and scrapping of some courses across Kenya's 70 universities.

    She was appointed to the two positions in July 2018 after serving as the CAS for Renewable Energy since January 2018.

    In the new changes, Suda was replaced with Simon Nabukwesi, who was a director at the Foreign Service Academy, in her position as the Education PS.

    Her CAS role was taken over by Zachariah Kinuthia Mugure, a political Activist and pro-Kenyatta blogger, and Mumina Bonaya, a former chairperson of the Women Enterprise Fund.

    Suda, a PhD holder, has held numerous other government posts including being a Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education, Ministry of Education (Nov 2015-Jan 2018) and the PS for State Department for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education (June 2013-Nov 2015).

    Kinuthia, who is taking over the CAS job, in the past, served as Students Organization of the Universty (Sonu) president at a time CS Magoha was the institution’s vice-chancellor.

    The newly appointed Education CAS Zachary Kinuthia set to replace Collette Suda in the Education Ministry.