The Government has suspended all foreign trips by outgoing Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries unless approved by President William Ruto.
In a statement dated Monday, September 19, the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the directive was in place to allow for a smooth transition from the fourth regime to the fifth administration.
“Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless as sanctioned by the Head of State and Government,” Kinyua said.
The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua further said the CSs and PSs served under the now retired President Uhuru Kenyatta will have to remain in office until their replacements have been appointed by the fifth Head of State.
“It is, therefore, reiterated that the tenure of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries currently in Office will only lapse on appointment and swearing-in of a successor Cabinet Secretary or Principal Secretary as the case may be by the Head of State and Government; or upon a reorganization of Government by His Excellency the President that affects a particular docket,” he added.
The outgoing CSs have also been blocked from making appointments or redeployment in their ministries.
They have also been blocked from making payments exceeding KSh 50 million in their respective dockets unless approved by the National treasury.
“Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs) shall not issue any new policy pronouncements unless as sanctioned by H.E. the President,
“Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs) shall not affect payments exceeding KSh 50 million without the prior approval of and verification by The National Treasury,” added the statement.
The new directive comes amidst prior confusion as some of CSs appointed by the previous regime had long stopped reporting to their offices saying their terms ended immediately after Uhuru Kenyatta handed over the instruments of power to his successor.
The president who is on an official tour in the US is expected to name the new CS once he gets back to the country.