President William Ruto is now focused on the prospective Principal Secretaries as he puts together his administration after the successful appointment of the cabinet.
Subject to approval by the National Assembly, the President will select 50 applicants from a list of 250 names provided to him by the Public Service Commission for appointment as Principal Secretaries.To fill the positions of Principal Secretary, 9,154 people applied. The public service commission narrowed down the pool of applicants and chose a shortlist of 477 individuals, which grew to 585 a day later.
Two weeks previously, the President signed his first executive order outlining the organization of his administration.There were 21 ministries named, as well as State departments inside each ministry and the State Law Office, which reports to the Attorney General.Some ministries have a number of state departments, depending on the size and function of the dockets. For instance, the Ministry of Interior and National Administration has three state departments, compared to the National Treasury and Planning's two.
The appropriate departmental House Committees will review the nominees to determine whether the President should appoint them. There are 44 committees in the 13th Parliament, including 20 departmental committees and 24 select committees. Compared to the previous parliament, there are 11 more House Committees in the current one.The National Assembly is expected to approve the appointment of members to specific House committees, according to the Standing Orders. The Selection Committee, led by Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wa, met on Wednesday night to finalize the list of members for the various committees in accordance with Standing Orders 172 and 173 of the National Assembly.
Today, Kenya Kwanza is anticipated to resolve the deadlock preventing the appointment of chairs to the significant Administration and House Committees on National Security, Energy, Blue Economy, Transport, and Mining.
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