President William Ruto on Thursday, March 16, nominated at least 50 people that he hopes will be approved by the National Assembly as Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS).
During Rtd. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime, the Jubilee government had just 25 CAS.
However, the Kenya Kwanza government made 15 more appointments in what many say was a move aimed at rewarding close allies of President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.
For instance, the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise had only one CAS, David Osiany.
However, if the National Assembly will approve all the CAS nominated by the Head of State, the docket will have a record of 7 CAS taking over from Osiany.
As such, Osiany was also acting CAS at East African Community, The ASALs & Regional Development as well as Ministry of Cooperatives & MSMEs which was a shared function between the Trade and Agriculture Ministry is expected to hand over to seven successors.
The seven include former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Vincent Kemosi, and Lilian Cheptoo.
Others include Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who unsuccessfully contested for the Nairobi senatorial seat in the 2022 General Election Mwanamka Mamruki and Amos Chege Mugo.
At the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Osiany will hand over Evans Kidero, Vincent Kemosi Mogaka, and Lilian Cheptoo Tomitom.
He will then move over to the Ministry of Cooperatives and MSMEs where he will welcome Margaret Wanjiru and Amos Chege Mugo.
Osiany will then rush over to the Ministry of EAC, ASALs, and Regional Dev’t where he will hand over to Mwanamaka Mamruki- Ministry of EAC, ASALs, and Regional Development.
During the 2022 presidential election, William Ruto had promised to give the economy first priority but it appears he has turned against his manifesto and has instead started creating positions for his allies.