Following the completion of the nomination, screening, and appointment of Cabinet Secretaries, President William Ruto’s next task will be to reveal his list of potential Principal Secretaries as he assembles his administration.
To fill the positions of principal secretary, 9,154 people applied. The public service commission narrowed down the pool of applicants and chose a shortlist of 477 individuals, which grew to 585 a day later.
The Public Service Commission’s (PSC) five panels of interviewers narrowed the field of applicants to 250 names, which were then forwarded to the president. The President will choose 50 individuals for appointment as Principal Secretaries from this list, pending National Assembly confirmation.
The President issued his first executive order detailing the structure of his administration two weeks prior. It listed 21 ministries, the State Law Office, which is overseen by the Attorney General, and State departments inside each ministry.
Depending on the size and role of the dockets, certain ministries have multiple state departments. For instance, the National Treasury and Planning, under the direction of Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, has two state departments, whereas the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, under the direction of Prof. Kithure Kindiki, has three state departments.
Both the Roads and Transport and Public Works Ministry, under the leadership of recently-retired Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and Dr. Alfred Mutua’s Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs have two State departments.
Lands, Housing, and Urban Development are the three State departments that make up the Ministry of Lands. Basic Education, Higher Education, and Technical Training are the three State departments that make up the Ministry of Education, which is stationed at Jogoo House. In each State department, a main secretary will be proposed for the position of accounting officer.
The nominees will be examined by the appropriate departmental House committees to determine if the President should appoint them. The 13th Parliament has 44 committees, including 24 select committees and 20 departmental committees. Comparing the number of house committees to the 12th parliament, there were 11 more.
According to the Standing Orders, the National Assembly is anticipated to approve the appointment of members to certain House committees. To finalize the list of members for the various committees in accordance with Standing Orders 172 and 173 of the National Assembly, the Selection Committee, presided over by Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa, convened on Wednesday evening.
Any member of the House who is not interested in serving on a committee may waive their right to do so by telling the Speaker in writing. Each member of the House has the right to participate in at least one committee.
Before lawmakers adjourn for the weekend, the House is anticipated to authorize membership to a number of committees in order to prepare for the work of screening main secretary nominees after the president releases the list and sends it to the August House.