New Cabinet, Principal Secretaries sworn into office

December 18, 2015 12:12 pm
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The seven CSs and 24 PSs were approved by Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday in special sittings after undergoing vetting by various committees/FILE
The seven CSs and 24 PSs were approved by Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday in special sittings after undergoing vetting by various committees/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Newly appointed Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries were on Friday sworn in at State House Nairobi.

The seven CSs and 24 PSs were approved by Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday in special sittings after undergoing vetting by various committees.

They will then be taken though an induction exercise on Monday.

“All new CSs and PSs will report the Kenya School of Government for induction on Monday,” a tweet by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit indicated.

The public officials are expected to report to the Kenya School of Government for the exercise.

The induction is meant to take the new officers through what is expected of them in their new roles.

The seven new Cabinet Secretaries will be part of the new 20-member top Executive organ.

The nominee PSs were vetted by 11 parliamentary committees, which presented their reports all returning high marks for the candidates.

The swearing-in at State House came after a civil society organisation moved to court, seeking to have the Cabinet appointments halted, because they don’t meet the gender threshold set in the Constitution.

However, Justice Joseph Onguto declined to bar the swearing in of the appointees saying, he needed to first grant the Executive a hearing.

The organisation had accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of violating the Constitution, by failing to ensure that at least seven members of his Cabinet are women.

Once the nominees are sworn-in, only five out of 20 Cabinet Secretaries will be women.

An inter-partes hearing will be held on Wednesday next week.

The MPs had also approved Philip Kinisu, as the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairperson.

READ: House okays Kinisu, commissioners for EACC jobs

Dabar Abdi Maalim, Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Mghoi Mtambo Macharia were also cleared as commissioners.

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