Group alleges bias in Cabinet appointments
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has criticised President William Ruto’s new Cabinet, accusing it of lacking gender balance. According to KHRC, the appointment of the 22 Cabinet members was unconstitutional because it failed to uphold the two-thirds gender rule.
The commission instead claims the selection of the Cabinet was based on ethnicity and also infringed on chapter 6 of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.
Commission has also accused Ruto of rewarding his close political allies, and also establishing unconstitutional portfolios. In a statement signed by KHRC Executive Director Davis Malombe, the commission accused Ruto of undertaking illegality by retaining Chief Administrative Secretaries despite a court ruling terming them illegal.
Pivotal sector “Of concern, the government, through the Cabinet appointment has demonstrated continuity in breach of the Constitution by extending the life of Chief Administrative Secretary positions contrary to the Constitution which assigns the mandate to establish and abolish public offices exclusively to the Public Service Commission,” Malombe said.
Rights groups also accused the President of using the Cabinet appointment to reward “sycophancy at the expense of public interest.
“The appointments, unfortunately, point to a self-centred pursuit of individual gains as opposed to the public interest,” said Malombe.