Blow to CAS Positions as Legalization Bill Hits Roadblock

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Blow to CAS Positions as Legalization Bill Hits Roadblock

The posts of Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) have been postponed once again after a request to the National Assembly to postpone a Bill attempting to legalize them.

The National Assembly Majority Leader, Kimani Ichung’wah, has asked the National Assembly Speaker, Moses Wetangula, to withdraw the National Government Administrative Amendment Bill.

According to a notification in the National Assembly on Thursday, March 21, the Bill, which tries to establish the CAS views in legislation, has been deferred for a later date.

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“The next on the order paper was to be the National Government Administrative Amendment Bill of 2023 by the leader of Majority, he has asked the Speaker to step it down and it has been assented to,” the parliament communication noted.

Kimani Inchung’wah requested extra time to seek broader discussions on the Bill, thus individuals seeking for jobs would now have to wait for a longer period.

“If you go to Article 132 4 (a) of the Constitution states that the office of the President may establish an office in the Public Service in the accordance with the recommendations of the Public Service Commission,” Ichung’wah defended.

The request came a day after Speaker Wetangula approved the Bill for discussion, stating, “The National Government Administrative Amendment Bill is properly before the House.”

The Minority, lead by Ugunja Constituency MP Opiyo Wandayi, rejected the bill, claiming unconstitutional provisions.

“We are being invited in broad daylight, to establish an office through an act of Parliament,” Wandayi noted.

“The executive office comprises of President, Deputy and CSs, and the accounting officer is the PS. Where does the CASs fall in the executive structure?” Funyula Constituency MP Wilberforce Oundo questioned.

The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) suggested in March that the CASs be reintroduced, with a lowered number of posts from 50 to 25.

The JLAC accepted the adjustments that would result in the formation of the CASs office, noting that the alterations will bind the office to the law.

In July 2022, the High Court declared the position illegal, a ruling that was subsequently appealed to the Court of Appeal.

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Blow to CAS Positions as Legalization Bill Hits Roadblock

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