State warns ministers who fail to quit

March 21, 2013 4:32 pm

, MUTHUI-KARIUKI-GSNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – The government has warned Cabinet Ministers and their Assistants who fail to resign, that they will not be sworn into elective office next Thursday.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki said a directive by President Mwai Kibaki for them to quit superseded all other orders.

“Let nobody confuse the nation that he can wait until the day before the swearing in to resign. The government does not operate on a whistle-stop, whistle-start basis, I can assure you anybody who will have not resigned, will not be sworn in,” Kariuki said.

On Thursday, Odinga contradicted the president’s order, saying ministers should remain in office until a new government is sworn-in and fresh Cabinet Secretaries appointed.

Kariuki also allayed fears that there will be vacuum in government since they were other civil servants including Permanent Secretaries and others ministers who have not been voted in.

He further added that those ministers who were not voted in will be assigned two ministries until another government is sworn-in.

“The directive by the president was only for those who have been elected. Indeed, majority of the Permanent Secretaries are still in office,” he explained.

He said the Prime Minister as the coordinator of all ministries should coordinate the resignation of those leaders elected.

“Already there are some ministers who have resigned today (Thursday),” he revealed.


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