On Monday, February 20, the Public Service Commission released a list of 224 names shortlisted for Chief Administration Secretaries.
The 240 candidates who had applied for the positions include former governors, Members of Parliament, journalists, and close allies of President William Ruto and DP Rigathi Gachagua.
Notably, some of the close allies of President William Ruto who had sacrificed a lot during the 2022 campaign period had been left out of the list.
As such, PSC has made changes to its initial list. The commission has added 16 more candidates who will battle it out during the interview.
While the commission did give reasons for the additional changes, it is suspected that it did so to accommodate President William Ruto’s allies.
For instance, among those added to the list are politicians who contested in the 2022 General Election on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, an outfit heavily linked to the Head of State.
Among those who were added include Allan Kosgey, former Mandera senator Mohamed Maalim Mohamud, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mohamud Ali Saleh, former Baringo Speaker Kiplagat David Kipkorir, and James Kimanthi.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that Kosegei unsuccessfully vied for the Nandi gubernatorial seat on a UDA party ticket.
Ibrahim Ibrein, Lucy Mihiuko Muchoki, Loice Chepchirchir Rono, Esther Nduku Muia, David Sande Oyolo, and former Migori county Minority Leader Nicholas Rioba have also been added to the list.
The amendments come just days after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua claimed that those loyal to Ruto and Kenya Kwanza would be the first to be considered for state appointments.
The second in command declared that since the government is a company that deals in shares, its shareholders will be rewarded according to their stakes.
“This government is a company that has shares. Some owners have the majority of shares, and those with just a few, while others do not have any,” Gachagua said.