- President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday announced the creation of a new position of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in every ministry.
- The CAS will be second in command in the ministries as they will be coordinating work by state departments headed by Principal Secretaries.
- The CAS positions have largely been given to politicians who supported President Kenyatta’s re-election bid but lost their political seats.
The burden has been added to the taxpayer who will be forced to dig deeper into his pocket after President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday announced the creation of a new position of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in every ministry. The President further explained that the CAS position will enhance the operations of Cabinet Secretaries in running various ministries.
Consequently, in his statement it appeared to have indicated that the CAS will be second in command in the ministries as they will be coordinating work by state departments headed by Principal Secretaries. “Today, I have a few names that I would like to read. But before I do so, let me say that for the efficient operation of government and indeed taking into account the need of having a government that reflects the diversity of our nation and indeed one that can help me deliver on my mandate I pledged to Kenyans over the campaign period and also having consulted the constitutional mandated body and receiving advise from the Public Service Commission as required by article (132) (4A) of our Constitution, I have decided to establish a new position in government, the position of Chief Administrative Secretary in all our ministries,” the President said.
Apparently, the decision effectively takes away the privileges enjoyed by Principal Secretaries because CASs are largely seen to be senior to the PSs. It is notable as well that CAS positions have largely been given to politicians who supported President Kenyatta’s re-election bid but lost their political seats.
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President Kenyatta who appeared to have re-introduced the position of assistant ministers that was in the previous dispensation but this time disguised in CASs whereby despite that the titles are different, the job description of an assistant minister is similar to the CASs as announced by the President. “The Chief Administrative Secretary would broadly be responsible for helping the Cabinet Secretary to better coordinate the running of the affairs of their respective ministries,” the President said.
Those nominated to the newly created position of CAS are Hussein Dado, who lost his Tana River gubernatorial seat to ODM’s Dadho Godana, will be at the ministry of Devolution as CAS, Rachel Shebesh who will be CAS in the ministry of Public Service. She lost in the Nairobi Woman Representative race to ODM’s Esther Passaris.
Additionally, Former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba who lost to ODM’s Raphael Wanjala will be the new CAS Foreign Affairs and Former Kisii Senator Chris Obure who lost his governorship bid to ODM’s James Ongwae has been given a lifeline as CAS Ministry of Transport, whereas Winnie Guchu, who resigned from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to serve in the Jubilee Secretariat, will be CAS Ministry of Water.
The list went on and Former Subukia MP Nelson Gaichuhie will be the new CAS at Treasury while Patrick Ole Ntuntu, who ran for Narok governorship but lost to incumbent Samuel Tunai heads to Interior ministry as CAS.
Lamu politician Rishad Amana will be in the ministry of health as CAS with former West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin, who lost to Kanu’s Prof John Lonyangapuo, will be at Jogoo House as CAS Education. Former Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro who lost his bid for Kilifi Governor to ODM’s Amason Kingi will be at Ardhi House as CAS Lands.
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On the same note, Jubilee’s Abdul Bahari, who lost the Isiolo governorship to Abdi Kuti (Independent), will be at Ministry of Labour as CAS. Ken Obura who lost in the ODM primaries for the Kisumu Central MP to Fred Ouda will be the new CAS at the Ministry of East Africa Affairs.
Further the President announced that he will also be making further appointments in coming days. Similarly the Assistant ministers seats were allocated to politicians who supported the government of the day.