High Court Judge Anthony Mrima yesterday ruled that 10 Cabinet Secretaries in Uhuru’s administration are in office illegally.
In his ruling on a petition filed by activist Okiyah Omtatah, the judge said that all Cabinet Secretaries who were appointed in Uhuru’s first time and retained during the second term are in office illegally.
This is because they did not go through the vetting process after their new appointment to the Cabinet in 2017.
“Any CS who served during the first term of H.E. President Uhuru and continues to serve during the second term without having been approved by the National Assembly upon the President’s re-election is in office in contravention of the Constitution,” the High Court Judge ruled.
According to the ruling, the Cabinet Ministers who are in office illegally include;
- Fred O. Matiang’i, – Interior and Coordination of National Government. Formerly Education CS as well as ICT cabinet secretary. He was Education Minister before joining Interior.
- Raychelle A. Omamo – Foreign Affairs. She was formerly the Defense Minister.
- Amina C. Mohamed – Sports, Culture & Heritage. Formerly the Education CS.
- Najib Balala – Tourism & Wildlife. Formerly Mining CS
- Sicily K. Kariuki – Water & Sanitation and Irrigation. She was Minister for health in the first term.
- Eugene Wamalwa – Devolution CS, formerly water and irrigation CS
- Joe Mucheru – Information, Communication, Technology (ICT), Youth & Innovation.
- Adan A. Mohamed – East African Community & Regional Development. Formerly Industrialisation.
- James W. Macharia- Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development & Public Works.
- Charles Keter – Energy
The same rulling applies to Permanent Secretaries who served in Uhuru’s first term and were later on retained in 2017.
Also, Justice Mrima declared the position of Chief Administrative Secretaries(CAS) to be unconstitutional.
“The process in establishing the office of the CAS and the manner in which the processes towards recommending the persons for nomination to the position of Principal Secretaries was undertaken by PSC, called for compliance with the Constitution as well as the PSC Act, as to be subjected to a programme of public participation and stakeholder engagement,” ruled judge Mrima.
Therefore, some of the CAS who are in office illegally include;
1.Chris Obure– Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure CAS
2.Linah Jebii Kilimo– CAS for Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and fisheries
3.Ababu Namwamba- Ministry of Foreign Affairs CAS
4.Rachael Shebesh– CAS for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Ministry
5.Simon Kachapin– Ministry of Energy CAS
6.Gideon Mung’aro– CAS Ministry of Lands and Planning
7.Ken Obura– CAS Ministry of East Africa Community and Regional Development
8.Former Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet– Ministry Of Tourism
9.Mercy Mwangangi– CAS for Health
10.Rashid Aman– CAS for Health
11.David Osiany– CAS for Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development
12.Eric Simiyu Wafukho – CAS National Treasury and Planning
13.Nadia Ahmed Abdalla– Ministry of ICT, Innovation & Youth
14.Anne Martha Mukami Nyaga– Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Cooperatives
15.Mumina Bonaya– Ministry of Education
16.Lawrence Karanja– Ministry of Industrialization
17.Hassan Noor Hassan– Ministry of Education
18.John Mosonik– Ministry of Petroleum and Mining
19.Mohammed Elmi– Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
20.Patric Ole Ntutu – Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
21.Zacharia Kinuthia Mugure – Ministry of Sports, Culture & Arts
22.Sarah Ruto– Ministry of Education
23.Lawrence Musyoka Kalla– Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Cooperatives
24.Japheth Ntiba Micheni – State Law Office
25.Zachary Ayieko – Ministry of Energy
26.Alex Mburi Mwiru – Ministry of lands and Planning