Waiguru hails Ruto for meeting Uhuru’s Cabinet Secretaries
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has hailed President William Ruto after he met former President Uhuru Kenyatta's Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
The Kirinyaga governor took to her Facebook account to laud the head of state stating that the move is a demonstration of his belief in democracy and the perpetuity of public service.
"His excellency the President William Samoei Ruto meeting cabinet this morning before naming his new team is yet another demonstration of his belief in democracy and perpetuity of public service," she wrote.
Waiguru further expressed that the President's decision to meet the CSs served as an example of good leadership.
"It is a testament to his unrivalled commitment to higher ideals of patriotism and statesmanship. He is setting a very high standard and example of leadership which we are all proud to observe and emulate," she added.
Ruto chairs cabinet meeting
Ruto chaired his first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, a fortnight after taking over from his predecessor.
In a statement, the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) said the meeting took place at State House Nairobi.
All Cabinet Secretaries, who served in retired President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration, attended the meeting.
The CSs include Fred Matiang'i (Interior), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and Eugene Wamalwa (Defence), who openly campaigned against Ruto in the presidential election conducted on August 9.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua were also present.
CS Raphael Tuju was absent. It was not immediately clear why Tuju, who campaigned against Ruto in the just concluded presidential election, skipped the meeting.
Ruto is yet to unveil his Cabinet.
Ruto bar CSs from travelling
Last week, the government barred all the outgoing CSs and Principal Secretaries from foreign travel.
In a memo, Kinyua said foreign travel by the civil servants had been suspended unless sanctioned by the new Head of State.
"Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless as sanctioned by the Head of State and Government," Kinyua said in a communique directed to the Attorney General, all CSs and PSs dated September 19.
Kinyua said the officials will remain in office until Ruto unveils his team.
During the transition period, however, the roles of the state officials will be limited to general administration and stewardship over the ministerial portfolio.
The CSs, Kinyua said, shall not cause any appointments of members of Board Management of State Corporations or State Agencies or order any ministerial redeployments or any new appointments in any ranks within Ministries and State Departments.
"Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs) shall not issue any new policy pronouncements unless as sanctioned by H.E. the President," he added.
Further, the ministers shall not effect payments exceeding Ksh50 million without prior approval and verification by the National Treasury.