Kenya’s President William Ruto on Thursday, March 16, nominated 50 Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) to serve in his government.
Close allies of the Head of State dominated the list in what appears that the president was rewarding those who seriously campaigned for him during the hotly contested 2022 General Election.
The majority of those who were appointed unsuccessfully vied for various seats in the 2022 elections.
Former nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, and President William Ruto’s Digital Strategists Dennis Itumbi were among those rewarded with State appointments.
Kidero, who unsuccessfully contested the Homa Bay gubernatorial elections as an independent candidate was nominated as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry.
Itumbi on the other hand was nominated to CAS in the Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy while Omanga was nominated to the Ministry of Interior and National Administration.
Kidero unsuccessfully contested for the Homa Bay gubernatorial seat whereas Omanga lost the Nairobi Woman Rep seat to Esther Passaris of ODM.
Kidero’s nominations come just days after he led a delegation of a section of leaders from the Nyanza region to the State House.
In the list shared by State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed, the president said their nominations followed the recommendations of the Public Service Commission.
“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,
“The nominations have been transmitted to the National Assembly with the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act,” the president said.