Looking at the 16 men and women nominated by President Uhuru to be cabinet secretaries, one thing stands out, almost all of them attended universities outside Kenya.
From Harvard, to Penn State, to Oxford, they’re all very learned, with exception of one or two.
The only Kenyan University appearing on the CVs of the 16 nominees is University of Nairobi. This has left many Kenyans wondering what is the place of the other Universities in the country.
However, there may be an honest reason for this.
Unlike University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and a few others, most of the current universities have been university colleges until recently. Others like KU, have only recently started diversifying from teaching courses. So, it will probably take a few more years before we see a Masinde Muliro University educated cabinet secretary, or one completely educated in Kenya.
The following are the cabinet secretaries and the universities they attended.
1. Fred Matiang’i (Information, Communication and Technology) *
2. Henry K. Rotich (The National Treasury)
Bachelor’s Degre in Economics – University of Nairobi
Masters Degree in Economics – University of Nairobi
Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) – Harvard Kennedy School (Harvard University)
3. James Wainaina Macharia (Health)
MBA – Henley Management College, UK
4. Amb Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs)
Masters in Law, LLM – University of Kiev and Kenya School of Law
Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations – Oxford University
5. Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation)
Bachelor of Commerce – University of Nairobi
MBA – Harvard Business School
6. Ann Waiguru (Devolution and Planning)
Masters in Economic Policy – University of Nairobi
7. Davis Chirchir (Energy and Petroleum)
BSc. Computer Science – University of Nairobi
MBA (International Management) – Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London
8. Amb Raychelle Omamo (Defence)
LLB – University of Kent, Canterbury in UK
9. Eng Michael Kamau (Transport and Infrastructure)
BSc. Civil Engineering – University of Nairobi
MSc. Engineering – University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
10. Phyllis Chepkosgey (East African affairs, Commerce and Tourism)
B.Com (Economics) – St. Mary’s University, Canada
MBA – Middlesex University, UK
others, Durham University, UK
11. Prof Jacob Kaimenyi (Education)
BSc. Dental Surgery – University of Nairobi
MSc. Dental Surgery -University of Mangalore, India
Ph.D in Dentistry – University of Nairobi
12. Felix Koskei (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries)
MBA (Strategic Management) – University of Nairobi
13. Prof Judi Wakhungu (Environment Water and Natural Resources)
Ph.D in Energy Resource Management – Penn State University
14. Dr Hassan Wario (Sports, Culture and Arts)
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – University of Nairobi
Masters – University of East Anglia in Norfork, England
Ph.D, Anthropology – University of East Anglia in Norfork, England
15. Najib Balala (Mining)
Leadership Course – JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Urban Management Course – University of Toronto
16. Charity Ngilu (Lands, Housing and Urban Development)
BA Leadership and Management – St. Paul University, Nairobi
But even the president did not attend any Kenyan university.
Uhuru Kenyatta (President)