In a significant development in the administration of President William Ruto, the Principal Secretary for Correctional Services, Esther Ngero, has tendered her resignation.
This makes Ms Ngero the premier high-ranking official in Ruto’s government to step down. Her resignation follows her transfer just six days ago from the Office of the Principal Cabinet Secretary to the State Department for Performance Management and Delivery Services in the Ministry of Interior and National Administration. Prior to her latest assignment, she served alongside Principal Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs, Aurelia Rono, in the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
The Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, confirmed Ngero’s resignation on Tuesday. According to Koskei, Ngero left the office citing personal reasons. Before her career in the public service, Ngero worked as an accountant for the Prime Cabinet Secretary, Musalia Mudavadi. President Ruto has since acknowledged her resignation letter.
In a letter commending Ngero’s service, Koskei praised her efforts and accomplishments during her tenure. “Ms Ngero played a crucial role in establishing the institutional framework essential for implementing public service performance management and monitoring across ministries, government departments, and agencies,” the letter stated.
Ngero’s rise in the ranks of government was highlighted in Koskei’s statement, which noted her appointment to the position of Principal Secretary in December 2022. Prior to her foray into public service, she had spent two decades in the petroleum industry. Her tenure as a government official lasted five months.