Cabinet: Ruto Fails to Deliver 50% Promise to Women

President William Ruto leads Cabinet Secretaries in a word of prayer before chairing his inaugural cabinet meeting at State House on Tuesdfay, Seeptember 27, 2022.
President William Ruto leads Cabinet Secretaries in a word of prayer before chairing his inaugural cabinet meeting at State House on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

In the new cabinet announced by President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 27, seven women featured among the 22 cabinet secretaries.

Notably, the president failed to fulfill his promise to deliver 50 per cent of women in his cabinet. looks at list of women in the Ruto-Rigathi administration:

Former Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa
Former Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa

Aisha Jumwa- Public -Service Gender and Affirmative Action.

Aisha Jumwa unsuccessfully vied for the Kilifi county governor on Ruto's UDA party to Gideon Mung’aro of ODM. She is the immediate former member of parliament for Malindi.

Alice Wahome - Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation 

Wahome is the Kandara constituency Member of Parliament. She is also an advocate of the High Court. She was elected MP in 2013. She also worked in the Attorney General’s Chambers as State Counsel between 1985 and 1988.

Rebecca Miano - East African community

Born in 1966, Miano is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

Penina Malonza - Tourism

Malonza deputized governor Julius Malombe in Kitui county between 2013 and 2017.

Soipan Roselinda Tuya- Environment

Soipain Tuya served Naroka Woman Representative between 2017 and 2022.

Tuya, who holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Nairobi, is currently a nominated Senator.

Susan Nakhumicha Wafula- Health Ministry

Nakhumicha vied for the Trans Nzoia woman representative position in the 2022 general election.

Florence Bore-  Labour and Social protection

Bore is former Kericho Woman Rep from 2017 to 2022. Prior to joining politics, she served as a Director at the Geothermal Development Company.

Between 1992 and 2012, Bore worked as a teacher, under the Teachers Service Commission - TSC.

Keeping the promise

Former Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu had stated on Saturday, September 24, that she expected the president to deliver his promise of 50 per cent.

'He promised 50 per cent 11 women in the cabinet, that we can support. Let’s wait and see," she said.

Ruto had also promised to introduce a women's rights agency to protect women from Gender Based Violence (GBV). The President has appointed Harriet Kigai as the Advisor on women's rights.

However, the president noted that he will keep updating the list of cabinet secretaries. 

Ministry of Lands CS Alice Wahome on Thursday, September 15, 2022..jpg
Lands CS Alice Wahome at the Makindi Primary School after inspecting the renovation of classrooms on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
Hon. Alice Wahome