The creation of a standalone ministry for mining shows how critical the sector is for the country. The President nominated former minister Najib Balala as the cabinet secretary for the ministry.

The President in his announcement expressed optimism in the mining ministry which is among the few that were not merged. He said the country has great potential in mining and that it was high time the country the resources to progress its agenda.

“The sector has been hidden among other ministries and has not been given the prominence it deserves”, said President Kenyatta while announcing the cabinet secretaries list.

The impact of the mining sector in the country has for a long time not been felt as compared to other sectors like roads. It’s thus a huge task for the nominated candidate if vetted in to refurbish and realign the sector in a way that the country feels its impact. 

Former permanent secretary for Ministry of roads, Michael Kamau on the other hand made it to the nominee list of cabinet secretaries for the transport and infrastructure post.

He will oversee the planned expansion and modernization of the country’s road network. Other projects that await him are the mega Lapsset project, the country’s biggest project so far as well as the proposed elevated highway to replace the Uhuru highway.

Eng.S Kamau has been a PS for seven years giving him a good ground to kick start his assignment, it’s not that new after all. He’s been there, foresaw the construction of the Thika Superhighway and other infrastructure projects in the country.

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