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The rise of powerful Internal Security PS Raymond Omollo

Raymond Omollo was among the more than 50 principal secretaries sworn in at State House Nairobi on 2nd December 2022. He now replaces Mr. Karanja Kibicho as Principal Secretary of the State Department for Interior and National Administration.

Omollo who becomes the youngest person to hold such a powerful office will now serve under Kithure Kindiki in the Interior docket in the President William Ruto-led administration. Born in December 27, 1979 Omollo, has had a meteoric rise from the private sector for the last 16 years.

Prior to his appointment to the Interior PS position, Omollo served as the Managing Director of the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) headquartered in Kisumu County that spearheads the socio-economic development of 18 counties in the Lake Victoria basin region.

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 bio-research in Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot, as the Head Data Centre and Head Statistician.

Omollo has had collaborations with International humanitarian organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in addressing some the challenges affecting the vulnerable communities in Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana and Benin and has been part of the team tasked with coming up with interventions to improve the welfare of people affected.

The interior PS has also consulted for the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa medical Research Foundation (AMREF), Hoffman La Roche and I-TECH.

Between 2015 and 2018, Omollo 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.

He 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, Omollo is a Biostatistics and Epidemiology scholarship awardee from the University of Washington based in Seattle, USA.

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