National Assembly declines to vet CAS nominees, here is why

The National Assembly has declined to vet the 50 Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) appointed by President William Ruto, Statehouse announced on Wednesday evening.

According to Statehouse Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed, Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula referred back to President William Ruto.

Since the posts are unconstitutional, the House could not carry out the vetting process.

“The National Assembly is unable to vet the nominees in absence of an express constitutional of statutory requirement to do so,” Mr. Mohamed quotes the Speaker in a communiqué made on Wednesday evening.

Consequently, all the 50 nominees who were picked for various CAS positions have been officially appointed by the President.

Further, Statehouse quotes the Speaker of the August House saying, “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.”

Following referral, the Head of State has effectively appointed the nominees to various Ministries as earlier notified.

“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,” said the State House Spokesperson.

The President had last week nominated the Chief Administrative Secretaries from a list shortlisted by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

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