President Ruto seeks public participation in CAS positions » Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya, September 22 – The Public Service Commission (PSC) has invited members of the public to give their views on the proposed creation of the post of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS).
Commission Chairman Anthony Muchiri said the invitation for public participation came after Chairman William Ruto proposed the establishment of the offices.
“The president has proposed to establish the offices of the chief administrative secretary which will be civil service offices and will be under the direction of the cabinet secretaries,” Muchiri said.
Opinions should be submitted no later than October 6, 2022 and should be addressed to the PSC Secretary.
The CAS positions were created by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018 when he rewarded the majority of his cronies who lost in the 2017 general election.
Activists Okiya Omtatah and now the newly elected senator from Busia had gone to court to challenge the legality of the offices.
The High Court then, in April 2021, ruled that the CAS positions were unconstitutional, but the Court of Appeal later stayed the ruling.
Unlike when the appointments were made, Muchiri announced that the recruitment process will be competitive “and will culminate in nomination by the President and scrutiny by the National Assembly.”
The Commission has also defined the role of the CASs which will include: responding to questions relating to the portfolio assigned to the office, liaising with the National Assembly and the Senate, liaising with county governments on matters of concurrent mandate and ‘common interest ;
Other roles include: providing interdepartmental coordination, representing the Cabinet Secretary at any meeting as directed by the Cabinet Secretary; and perform all other duties and responsibilities specifically assigned to the office by the Secretary to the Cabinet in pursuit of the interests of the Ministry.
Interested candidates should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
They will also need to demonstrate their ability to manage the administrative-policy interface, to articulate public policies and programs, and to undertake complex and high-pressure tasks that require engagements with multiple institutions and other public agents/offices, among others.