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Ruto’s 50 CAS nominees to assume office after parliament says law doesn’t require it to vet them

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 22:52 | By
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President William Ruto's 50 nominees for the positions of Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) will not undergo vetting by the National Assembly.

In a memorandum to the President, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula noted that the need to vet the nominees was not anchored in the law, hence the Parliament's decision to refrain from it.

“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,” the Speaker’s memorandum read in part.

As a result, Statehouse spokesperson Hussein Mohamed said the 50 appointees will assume their offices through oath.

"As a consequence of the referral by the Speaker of the National Assembly which has found that there is no constitutional or statutory basis upon which the August House can vet the nominees, the Head of State and Government has today 22nd March 2023 caused the appointment of the nominees to various Ministries as earlier notified," Mohamed said.

"To facilitate the ascension of the Chief Administrative Secretaries to Office, the State Appointees are now scheduled to subscribe to their solemn Oath of Office."

CAS appointees

Former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero, former nominated senator Millicent Omanga and digital strategist Dennis Itumbi are among the 50 CAS nominees who were picked by Ruto.

You can get the full list of appointees here:

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