President William Ruto now wants the position of Chief Administrative Secretary established in the country’s public service, the Public Service Commission confirmed Wednesday.
The move by the Head of State comes as the term of former occupants of the office came to an end. The CAS position that was introduced by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017, saw those appointed serve albeit a ruling by the High Court that declared the position unconstitutional.
“The President has proposed to establish the offices of Chief Administrative Secretary which will be offices in the public service and will be under the direction of Cabinet Secretaries,” said Amb. Anthony Muchiri, PSC Chairperson, in a press release on Wednesday.
In order to ensure the office is not in conflict with the Constitution, PSC has kicked off processes to make the CAS position legal. The Commission confirmed it is now seeking views from members of the public as far as its establishment is concerned.
“The invitation for public participation follows a proposal by His Excellency the President to the Commission to establish the offices of Chief Administrative Secretary in accordance with the provisions of Article 132(4)(a) of the Constitution,” Amb Muchiri noted.
According to the PSC, all public views should be made in writing and mailed or hand-delivered to the Commission’s offices located along Harambee Avenue not later than 6th October 2022.
Just like persons holding office of Principal Secretary positions, the Commission says it will recommend persons to hold the position of Chief Administrative Secretary for appointment through a competitive recruitment process that “shall culminate in a nomination by the President and vetting by the National Assembly”.
Interested applicants will be required to possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
“They will also be expected to demonstrate ability to manage the administrative-political interface, articulate public policies and programmes, and undertake complex and high-pressure tasks that require engagements with multi-institutions and other public officers/offices among others,” stated.
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