President William Ruto presided over the swearing-in of the new Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Ojwang’ Omollo, effectively ending the term of predecessor Karanja Kibicho who was respected and feared in equal measure.
The immense power and responsibilities that are bestowed on the docket have led many to believe that holders of the office have more power than some Cabinet Secretaries.
With his work already cut out for him, let’s get to find out more about Dr Raymond Ojwang’ Omollo.
Dr. Raymond Ojwang Omollo (born December 27, 1979) is a statistician by training with an elaborate 16-year career in both the private and public sectors.
Omollo began his career in 2005 as a researcher and data manager at the University of Nairobi and later went on to join the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), an international not-for-profit organization involved in bio-research in Baringo, Turkana, and West Pokot, as the Head Data Centre and Head Statistician.
Similarly, Omollo has had collaborations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in addressing some of the development challenges affecting the most vulnerable communities in Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Benin and has been part of coming up with interventions to improve the welfare of people affected.
Omollo has also consulted for the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), Hoffman La Roche, and I-TECH.
Dr. Raymond Ojwang’ Omollo Career
Between 2015 and 2018, he served as a non-executive board member at Consolidated Bank of Kenya where he chaired the committee on risk and credit as well as the committee of finance.
The incoming PS most recently served as the Managing Director of the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) headquartered in Kisumu County spearheads the socio-economic development of 18 counties in the Lake Victoria basin region.
Omollo holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Statistics from Maseno University and is also an alumnus of the University of Nairobi where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a Masters of Science in Applied Statistics.
In addition, he is a Biostatistics and Epidemiology scholarship awardee from the University of Washington based in Seattle, USA.
Omollo is the youngest ever to be appointed as Principal Secretary at the State Department for Interior and National Administration.