Former President Uhuru’s Cabinet secretaries and Principal Secretaries are in limbo after being banned from traveling abroad until receiving President William Ruto’s approval.
Giving out the directives dated September 19, the head of public service, Joseph Kinyua said the hindrance is a hitherto to allow for a smooth transition from Uhuru’s administration to the incoming Ruto government.
Kinyua said that the transition phase will come to a close when Cabinet nominations and those in the top brass (executive) ranks are complete.
“It is, therefore, reiterated that the tenure of Cabinet secretaries and Principal Secretaries currently in office will only lapse on appointment and swearing-in of a successor Cabinet secretary or Principal Secretary as the case may be by the Head of State and Government; or upon a reorganization of Government by H. Excellency the President that affects a particular docket,” the circular reads.
He further added that the general administration will be the only responsibility of the CSs and PSs during the intervention.
“In the intervening period, and in fidelity with our growing constitutional tradition attendant to a transition from one administration to another, we wish to underscore that ministerial actions during the transition are limited to general administration and stewardship over the ministerial portfolio,” said Kinyua.
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He also said that the Cabinet secretaries are not allowed to make any appointments to any State corporation boards.
“Cabinet Secretaries as authorized officers shall not cause and/or effect any ministerial redeployments or any new appointments in any ranks within Ministries and State Departments. Ministries, State Departments, and any State Agencies (MDAs) shall not issue any new policy pronouncements unless as sanctioned by H.E the President.”
“Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless as sanctioned by the Head of State and Government,” said Kinyua.
Meanwhile, President William Ruto is anticipated to complete the appointment of his Cabinet once arriving in the country from the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York.