Kenya Kwanza digital strategist Dennis Itumbi, former KTN News anchor Lindah Oguttu, former K24 anchor Mwanaisha Chidzuga, and former Inter Milan star McDonald Mariga are among applicants shortlisted for the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) roles in President William Ruto’s administration.
The shortlisted individuals were announced by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on February 20.
Others on the list include politicians allied to Ruto who lost in the 2022 General Elections – such as former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, former Kirinyaga Woman Rep Purity Ngirici, former Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and former Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip. Former Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who joined Ruto’s camp after the polls, also features on the list.
Wilson Sossion, the former KNUT Secretary-General, has also been shortlisted.
In total, 224 names feature on the shortlist. The PSC will begin interviewing candidates from 1st March, 2023 at their Harambee House offices.
Members of the public have been invited to avail ‘any credible information of interest relating to any of the shortlisted candidates (through sworn affidavits) to the Secretary/CEO, Public Service Commission, 4th Floor Commission House, Harambee Avenue Nairobi or online to be received on or before 28th February 2023.
The shortlist by PSC comes barely a week after a court threw out the Law Society of Kenya’s petition seeking to stop the appointment of CASs.
The ruling by Justice Monica Mburu, who in October last year suspended the appointment of the CASs until the case was heard and determined, found that the Public Service Commission followed due process in advertising the roles, and allowed the government to make the appointments.
High Court Judge Antony Mrima had in April 2021 ruled that the creation of the office of Chief Administrative Secretary was unconstitutional.
In their dismissed case, LSK argued that the Public Service Commission violated the Constitution by advertising the positions without disclosing to the public the effect of hiring persons who are not identified by the Constitution.
LSK further argued that the role of CASs is similar to the role of Principal Secretaries and will cost tax payers despite the ballooning public wage bill.