Last month, the Public Service Commission (PSC) invited Kenyans to apply for the Permanent Secretary positions.
The commission later shortlisted 477 names for consideration for Permanent Secretary Positions.
Among those who were shortlisted was Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati’s wife Mary Chebukati.
As such, Kenya’s President William Ruto on Wednesday, October 2, nominated 51 Principal Secretaries (PSs) for appointment to various ministries in his government.
However, Chebukati’s wife Mary Chebukati failed to be considered for the PS position.
Others who were not considered include former nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and former Kiminini Member of Parliament Chriss Wamalwa.
Wamalwa unsuccessfully vied for the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial race while Mwaura lost in the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party primaries.
According to the list unveiled by State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed, UDA poll losers were prominently featured.
For instance, former Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir, former Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke, and political analyst Edward Kisiang’ani were among the 51 PS nominated.
Mueke conceded defeat in Kitui gubernatorial race while Korir lost the Lang’ata parliamentary seat to former Kiss FM presenter Felix Odiwour alias Jalang’o. Both Mueke and Korir vied on a UDA party ticket.
“The Presidential Action is pursuant to Article 155 (3)(a) of the Constitution by dint of Executive Action, the nomination has been transmitted to the National Assembly for the consideration and approval by Parliament with the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act (No. 33 of 2011),” Chief of Staff, Felix Kosgey stated.
Others who were considered include Julius Bitok, Belio Kipsang, Korir Sing’oei, and Beatrice Inyangala among others.
The Head of State has forwarded the names to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.
“President William Ruto nominates Principal Secretaries and sends the list to the National Assembly for consideration and approval,” Hussein Mohamed.