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Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK

World: Africa

Moi cuts Kenyan government ministries

President Moi: working towards economic recovery

Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, almost halving the number of ministries.

The BBCs Louise Tunbridge in Nairobi
The streamlining of government from 27 to 15 ministries is aimed at tackling corruption and improving the country's economy.

A number of departments have been merged, giving several ministers increased responsibilities.

However, the number of cabinet ministers remains at 27, because several of the merged ministries now have more than one minister.

President Moi said he had made the changes to create a smaller, more efficient government.

Improved services

"I am determined to put in place the right conditions for our economic recovery," he said.

"I want to see government services to the people improved everywhere and this calls for efficiency and dedication by all public offices."

Former Agriculture Minister, Musalia Mudavadi, will now oversee information, transport and communications as well as telephone, port and railway privatisation.

His post at Agriculture - now expanded to include Livestock and Rural Development - is being taken by Chris Obure, who was Cooperative Development Minister.

No lay-offs

Nicholas Biwott becomes Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry and Vice-President George Saitoti also becomes Minister for Home Affairs and Sport.

[ image: Richard Leakey: taking on corruption in the civil service]
Richard Leakey: taking on corruption in the civil service
Finance Minister Chrisantus Okemo and Foreign Minister Bonaya Godana both keep their posts but will also have increased responsibilities.

President Moi announced that there would be no lay-offs in the civil service and that public employees should continue their work.

In a surprise decision last July, President Moi appointed Richard Leakey, a former head of the Kenyan Wildlife Service to take on corruption in the civil service.

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