The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has said that the outgoing Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries are not allowed to leave the country without permission from President William Ruto until the transition period is over.
In the circular dated September 19, Kinyua said that transitioning from the fourth to the fifth administration was ongoing, necessitating travel restrictions for senior office holders.
“Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless sanctioned by the Head of State and Government,” he stated.
He also restricted their powers, such as making appointments and effecting policies, stating that they are only limited to general administration.
“Cabinet Secretaries as authorized officers shall not cause and/or effect any ministerial redeployments or any new appointments in any ranks within Ministries and State Departments,” Kinyua said.
“Ministries, State Departments, and any State Agencies (MDAs) shall not issue any new policy pronouncements unless as sanctioned by H.E the President,” he added.
On expenditure, Kinyua’s circular stated that the CSs and PSs were not allowed to authorize any payment exceeding Ksh. 50 million.
However, Kinyua said that the tenure of the CSs has not ended, as they would cease holding office once new office holders are appointed or otherwise reorganization of the government by the president takes place.
“It is therefore reiterated that the tenure of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries currently in Office will only lapse on appointment and swearing-in of a successor Cabinet Secretary or Principal Secretary as the case may be by the Head of State and Government; or upon a reorganization of Government by His Excellency the President that affects a particular docket.” he said.
Kinyua’s communique comes at a time when some CSs are still in the office while others have stopped reporting to duty.
There has been confusion on when exactly the ministerial heads should leave office.
An announcement of the appointment of CSs and PSs by President William Ruto has not been made yet, despite unconfirmed reports that he has already made the appointments.