Former Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has assumed his new office as the Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) during a brief handover ceremony at the Public Works building in Upper hill, Nairobi.
The new CS stated that he intends to strengthen the area of policy and ensure value addition in the sector.
“This Ministry is structured in line with the vision of Kenya Kwanza and the direction we want to take in our agenda,” said Mvurya.
He expressed that a large part of the country’s prosperity hinges on how the ministry will perform.
“We want to spur growth in the country’s economy by streamlining a lot of our critical operations in the ministry,” said Mvurya
The CS noted that the first order of business will be to cap delays and malpractices by moving all licensing online.
“Once our operations smoothly transition to online, we will then go on to more important issues like re-vitalizing and exploiting the potential of deep sea fishing in the country,” added Mvurya.
He said that he was honored to be a servant to all Kenyans in his new docket and that he will continue to brief the media on issues of national importance as time goes along.
Also speaking at the presser, the outgoing CS for Mining Dr. Monica Juma said that she trusts Mr. Mvurya to put in place a proper policy framework that will improve on what she had already built.
“This ministry has been configured differently to bring to fruition the Kenya kwanza idea and I am delighted to hand over to their competent and able servant,” said Juma
Dr Juma assured the new CS that there are expert officers within the Ministry who will help ensure a smooth transition to build on his new ideas.
“The growth of our country’s wealth is linked to the maritime and mining domain so therefore I wish Mr. Mvurya nothing but the very best in his new job,” Juma maintained.
By Mike Mulinge