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Meet the Powerful PS Who Was Moved to Ministry of Health After KEMSA 3.7B Mosquito Net Scandal

President William Ruto yesterday 16th May 2023 made a reshuffle of Principal Secretaries in various State Departments a day after sacking the PS for Public Health and Professional Standards over a procurement scandal at the KEMSA worth Ksh 3.7 Billion.

In the changes communicated by the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, Harry Kimtai who was the PS in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development was moved head the Medical Services docket in the Health Ministry.

Who is Harry Kimtai?

Mr. Harry Kachuwai is a Kenyan citizen and was born in Bungoma County, Mt Elgon Constituency in 1968. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics (Regional Planning & Economic Development) which he earned in 1995, Master of Arts Degree in Economics (1994) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) (1992) from Bhopal University in India.

He sat for his 'A' level examinations at Kitale High School in 1987, his 'O' level examinations at Chesamisi High School in 1985 and his Certificate of Primary Education at Kaptama Primary School.


Before being moved to the Ministry of Health as the PS of Medical Services, Mr. Kachuwai served as the Principal Secretary, State Department for Livestock Development, a position he had held since March 2018.

Previously, He had also worked in the following capacities: Director, Capital Markets Authority from May, 2016 to May 2017; General Manager, Branded Fine Foods Limited from January 2008 to 2014; Principal Revenue Officer, Kenya Revenue Authority from January 2003 to December 2006; Senior Revenue Officer, Kenya Revenue Authority from July 1999 to December 2002; Revenue Officer II, Kenya Revenue Authority from June 1998 to June 1999; Management Trainee, Kenya Revenue Authority from 1996 to 1998; and Employed by the Teachers Service Commission as a teacher from 1988 to 1989.


During his vetting as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Hon Kimtai Harry Kachuwai divulged that he was worth KSh. 200 million. He had accrued his wealth from farming (farms in Mt. Elgon and Trans Nzoia), transport business, consultancy in clearing & forwarding and tax matters, real estate and land.


78. Mr. Kachuwai was awarded Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS), Government of Kenya (GoK) in December 2019 by former President Uhuru Kenyatta. He unsuccessfully contested for Mt Elgon Constituency Parliamentary seat in 2007,2013 and 2017 General Elections before being picked as PS in 2018.

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