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Head of Public Service cannot act as Secretary to the Cabinet: Muturi

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The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi now says the head of Public Service cannot purport to act as the Secretary to the Cabinet as that is not what is contemplated in the constitution.

According to the speaker, article 154 of the constitution is very clear on how one becomes a Secretary to the Cabinet.

Clarifying to Justice and Legal Affairs committee Chair Muturi Kigano response that there was no vacuum on who will chair the Assumption of office of the President Committee that is responsible for transition, the speaker said a substantive holder should be appointed as envisaged in the constitution.

Kigano had informed the house that there was no constitutional crisis as the head of public service Joseph Kinyua was holding the office in an acting capacity.

Garrisa town MP Adan Duale had questioned why the current head of public service was acting on that position when has not been vetted and approved by parliament.

The Secretary to Cabinet is the constitutionally mandated chairperson of the critical Assumption of the Office of the President Committee that manages transition after the General Election.

The post has remained vacant since MPs rejected President Kenyatta’s appointment of Monica Juma – now Energy Cabinet Secretary – in 2015.

It is with this in mind that Duale raised the question cautioning that the delay may affect transition process.





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