Charles Kerich, the long-serving editor at The STAR newspaper, published by Radio Africa Group (RAG), who left the newsroom to become the County Executive Committee (CEC) member (or Minister) in charge of ICT and e-Government services at Nairobi City County, has been moved to a new docket.
In cabinet changes announced today – Monday February 26, 2018 – by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Kerich has been moved to the Lands docket and his previous office taken over by Emmah Mukuhi who was previously the CEC for Environment. Peter Njuguna who was the CS for Lands has been moved to the Agriculture docket.
(TOP: Charles Kerich, the outgoing CEC for ICT at Nairobi City County who has been moved to the Lands docket. Photo: Twitter).
Also replaced is Veska Kangongo, the former CEC for Finance whose place has been taken by Danvas Makori, the previous CEC for Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries. Kangongo will now head the Devolution docket while Larry Wambua, who was in Devolution, takes over from Emmah Mukuhi at Environment,
The cabinet changes by the governor come just about three months since the 10 CEC members were assumed their new roles after being vetted and sworn in.
According to the Standard Online, the changes are contained in a circular dated February 26, 2018, and take effect immediately.
Those who have been retained in their current dockets include Hitan Majevdia (Health docket), Allan Igambi (Tourism), Janet Ouko (Education, Youth, Gender and Sports) and Mohammed Dagane (Roads, Infrastructure and Transport).
In August last year, Kerich – by then still at Radio Africa Grouop – was appointed chairman of the Media Council of Kenya by ICT CS Joe Mucheru, replacing Levi Obonyo.
Kerich started his journalist career in 1996 at the now-defunct Kenya Times newspaper before joining Radio Africa Group in late 2000 as the News Editor. He left the group for a 2-year stint between 2006 to 2008 and moved to Royal Media Services as the Associate Editor in charge of Radio before moving back to RAG as the Managing Editor of The STAR newspaper.