Kenya: Ruto Defends CAS Appointments, Says Top Officials Losing Weight Over Work

Nairobi — President William Ruto has defended his decision to appoint 50 Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) to deputize 22 Cabinet Secretaries citing a huge workload.

He said despite reservations by a section of taxpayers on the appointments, the fifty designated as deputy ministers will deliver value for money.

President Ruto explained that for him to implement the Kenya Kwanza Alliance manifesto he needs more hands-on deck for efficient delivery.

“On appointing CAS that’s the plan of my government. It’s my decision and I see the need for CAS to be there in my government,” said Ruto.

He argued top officials including Deputy Rigathi Gachagua and Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi were overwhelmed with work to the point of losing weight.

“Today my deputy is almost sleeping in the office. Even Musalia is losing weight nowadays because of work. I need more workers because the agenda of changing Kenya requires more hands and minds,” Ruto noted.

CASs have assumed office despite a conservatory order barring them from doing so amid mounting opposition by the public. It has emerged that the 50 CASs had taken office with some having embarked on their new roles.

Court challenge

Having been placed higher in the pecking order, CASs will be earning more than Principal Secretaries after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) raised their monthly pay to Sh780,000, putting them in the league of Kenya’s top six best-paid officials in the public service.