Kenya’s 50 Cabinet Assistant Secretaries (CASs) nominees on Thursday, March 23, were officially appointed by President William Ruto after their swearing-in this morning at State House, Nairobi.
While addressing the new appointees who will act as assistant cabinet secretaries in the 22 ministries, President William Ruto asked the 50 to serve with dedication in his Kenya Kwanza government and help it fulfill the campaign promises it made to Kenyans.
“We have people who have served as former governors, as MCAs, and some as bloggers…but today you have joined my team to work for the people of Kenya. Your oath is solemn; I expect you to take the oath you have taken with the seriousness it deserves,” the Head of State said, adding that he had deliberately appointed some of the individuals to their positions due to their past experiences.
”I have deliberately appointed some of you because of your experiences and I expect that you understand service to the people and bring that experience to serve in your new responsibility.”
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Wilson Sossion (Tourism Ministry), Catherine Waruguru (Foreign Affairs Ministry), Evans Kidero (Trade Ministry), Isaac Mwaura (Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary), Eng Nicholas Gumbo (Transport Ministry), Dennis Itumbi (ICT Ministry) and Millicent Omanga (Ministry of Interior) are some of the notable names appointed as Cabinet Administrative Secretaries in the Ruto cabinet.
Yesterday, Wednesday, March 22, Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula in a memorandum to President Ruto said the nominees for the positions of CAS would not undergo vetting by the National Assembly, saying it was not anchored in the Kenyan law.
“The obligation to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution enjoins the House to refrain from assuming and discharging a role that it has not been expressly assigned by the Constitution or written law. In that regard, the National Assembly is unable to vet the nominees in the absence of an express constitutional or statutory requirement to do so,” Speaker Wetangula’s memorandum to State House read in part.