While unveiling the full list, the Head of State revealed that the candidates had successfully gone through vigorous interviews conducted by Public Service Commission (PSC).
“It is notified that his Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto following the recommendations of the Public Service Commission has today Thursday, March 16, nominated various persons as Chief Administrative Secretaries. The Presidential Action is pursuant to Article 132(4)(a) of the Constitution,” President Ruto said.
The First in Command said the nominees will now be vetted by the National Assembly before their appointment is fully confirmed.
“The nominations have been transmitted to the National Assembly with the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act,” the president added.
Majority of those who were considered seriously campaigned for the Kenya Kwanza government in the 2022 General Election.
It is worth noting that 240 candidates had applied for the positions including former governors, Members of Parliament, journalists, and close allies of President William Ruto and DP Rigathi Gachagua.
Among those who were nominated include Wilson Sossion, Dennis Itumbi, Millicent Omanga, Evans Kidero, Wesley Korir, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, and Cate Waruguru.
Others were former nominated senator Isaac Mwaura, ex-MP Benjamin Washiali, and Samuel Tunai.
The Public Service Commission shortlisted 224 candidates for Chief Administrative Secretary slots in various ministries.
One week later, the PSC made changes to its initial list where the commission added 16 more candidates who will battle it out during the interview.
This was after it emerged that some close allies of President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who had sacrificed a lot during the 2022 campaign period had been left out of the list.