The Assumption of The Office of the President Committee comprises about 20 government officials constitutionally tasked with overseeing the handing over of power from the retiring president to a new Head of State.
Some of the officials assigned to the committee include Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and the Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Statehouse Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua and Chief of Defense Forces Robert Kibochi.
Others are Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Ann Amadi, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto, PS Treasury Julius Muia, PS Foreign Affairs Macharia Kamau and his Devolution counterpart Julius Korir, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, National Intelligence Service boss Philip Kameru and both clerks of parliament ( National Assembly and the Senate).
The committee will, among other things, ensure that the president-elect and his deputy are given adequate security and furnished with Intelligence reports during the transition period. They will also ensure that the swearing-in ceremony takes place seamlessly and the handover is successful.
In addition, it will coordinate communication between the outgoing and incoming governments.
The incoming president will appoint three persons to represent him in the committee after it is fully constituted.
The head of the team will be Mr Joseph Kinyua despite opposition from the Kenya Kwanza Alliance to have the president appoint the Secretary to the Cabinet who is constitutionally in charge of the committee. Its activities shall commence immediately after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC declares the winner of the presidential election.
Although most of the officials have declared their allegiance to the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga, the constitution demands that they act in neutrality.
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