President Ruto wants to retain controversial CAS positions; PSC invites public participation

for Tv47 Digital September 22, 2022, 12:00 PM
President William Ruto wants to retain CAS positions
President William Ruto giving a speech during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani Stadium on September 13, 2022. Ruto wants to retain the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) positions in his Cabinet.

President William Ruto is seeking to retain the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) position ahead of the much-awaited unveiling of his Cabinet.

In a proposal to the Public Service Commission (PCC), President Ruto wants to retain the office of the CAS in accordance with the provisions of Article 132(4)(a) of the Constitution.

Consequently, the PSC has invited Kenyans to submit their views on the proposal to retain the controversial positions in the Cabinet.

PSC invites public participation

In a statement on Wednesday, September 21, the commission said that the view - which should be in writing - should be addressed to PSC Secretary P.O Box 30095, 001090, Nairobi or hand delivered to the Commission's offices at Commission House, Harambee Avenue or by email [email protected]

The views, PSC says, should be submitted not later than 6th October 2022.

If the position will be retained, PSC will recommend persons to hold the position of CAS for appointment through a competitive recruitment process. Thereafter, they will be nominated by the President and subjected to vetting by the National Assembly.

Functions of a CAS

According to PSC, functions of a CAS will entail responding to issues touching on the portfolio assigned to the office, providing liaison with Parliament (National Assembly and Senate), and providing liaison with county governments on matters of concurrent mandate and common interest.

Other functions of the CAS will be providing inter-ministerial/sectoral cordination, representing the Cabinet Secretary at any meeting as instructed by the Cabinet Secretar as well as executing any other duties and responsibilities specifically assigned to the office by the Cabinet Secretary.

Those interested in CAS positions will be required to posses a Bachelor's degree from a recognised university and exhibit excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

CASs will also be expected to demonstrate ability to manage the administrative-political interface, articulate public polices and programmes, and undertake complex and high-pressure tasks.

CAS position unconstitutional

On April 2021, High Court declared the CAS position - created by then-President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 to accomodate his Jubilee Party allies - unconstitutional.

Justice Antony Mrima ruled that the CASs, who were serving without being vetted, were in office illegally.

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