No Money?.... Ruto Plans To Hire More Chief Administrative Secretaries With Hefty Pay...

[SIZE=7]Hefty Salaries & Allowances CASs Will Enjoy[/SIZE]
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[li]By MARK OBAR on 16 February 2023 - 4:14 pm[/li]
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President William Ruto’s plan to hire tens of Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) on Thursday, February 16 received a shot in the arm after a court ruling gave the process a green bill of health.

Immediately after the dismissal of the petition that was filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), focus shifted to the likely names to feature and the cost of the controversial positions.
“A Chief Administrative Secretary will serve on contract as determined by the appointing Authority. This position is graded at CSG 3 in the Public Service - the remuneration and benefits commensurate to this level will be applicable,” Public Service Commission announced.

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President William Ruto chairing a cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

In her ruling, Justice Monica Mbaru noted that Public Service Commission’s decision to create the position was lawful and that the government can go ahead with the appointments.

With the development, it is important to understand what the [B][I]office bearers will take home in salaries and allowances.[/I][/B]

Based on former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet’s salary scales, a CAS will take home a cool Ksh874,500 a month.

It, therefore, means that it will cost the country some Ksh486.4 million in salaries alone to keep twenty-two CASs in office.

“Following the establishment of the Office of the Chief Administrative Secretary by the President under Article 132(4) (a) of the Constitution as read with Section 30 of the Public Service Commission Act, 2017, the Public Service Commission hereby invites applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for appointment,” explained PSC chairman Anthony Muchiri.

While Cabinet Secretaries carry home around Ksh924,000 down from Ksh1.056 million, as was advised by the Salaries and Remuneration Communication (SRC).

In the pay structure that was announced by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Principal Secretaries’ (PSs) pay was also reviewed from Ksh874,500 to Ksh765,000.

President William Ruto appointed 51 PSs, who gobble at least Ksh39 million per month and 469 million in a year.

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SRC chairperson Lynn Mengich

At the same time, State functionaries will part with Ksh285.78 million in gratuities, pensions, and insurance which is 60 percent of their gross pay.
“Recurrent expenditure is a risk and we are having pressures on the wage bill from unions and if you allow me Chairman Budget from parliament,” former Treasury PS Kamau Thuge explained.

Data from the National Treasury shows that Kenya’s minimum wage increased to Ksh15,120 per month in 2022 from Ksh13,572 in 2021.

While SRC noted that the national wage bill reduced from 57.33 percent of revenue in 2013/2014 to 48.1% in 2018/2019 as a result of revenue growth and other initiatives.

On Monday, February 20, the Public Service Commission(PSC) shortlisted 224 candidates for the position of Chief Administrative Secretary.

Most of those shortlisted are politicians from leading political parties who lost in the 2022 General Election.

Eight former county governors will appear before the PSC on March 1 for an interview. However, National Assembly Majority Whip Sylvanus Osoro hit out at the former county bosses eying the CAS seat.

Here are the 8 ex-governors shortlisted for the CAS positions:

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Photos: Evans Kidero, Samuel Tunai, James Ongwae and Patrick Khaemba

  1. Evans Kidero…Nairobi

  2. John Mruttu Taita…Taveta

  3. Samuel Tunai…Narok

  4. James Ongwae…Kisii

  5. Samuel Ragwa…Tharaka Nithi

  6. Patrick Khaemba…TransNzoia

  7. Hussein Dado …Tana River

  8. Moses Lelonkulal …Samburu

During an interview on Citizen TV, Osoro wondered why the ex-governors were eying such a position, yet they served as county bosses for 10 years.

“It’s sad to see ex-governors lining up for the CAS position. What are they looking for? What didn’t they offer in their position as county heads that they want to offer the country?” Osoro posed.

According to Osoro, the CAS position should be reserved for the marginalized group who might have missed out on crucial government jobs.
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[SIZE=7]‘Clueless’ CASs to earn hefty perks as millions suffer[/SIZE]
Sunday, February 26, 2023
By Moses Nyamori
Reporter
Nation Media Group

The Kenyan taxpayer will fork out at least Sh2 billion to finance chief administrative secretaries, an office former holders say is a waste of public funds.

Cumulatively, the officials will be taking home Sh17 million every month in salaries, translating to more than Sh1 billion in President William Ruto’s first term.

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Every CAS is entitled to a one-off mortgage payment of Sh35 million and a Sh10 million car grant, adding to Sh990 million.

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The taxpayers will additionally provide Sh10 million and Sh3 million inpatient and outpatient medical cover for a CAS.
In addition, Kenyans will be financing the running of their offices.

A CAS is entitled to two top-of-the-range vehicles, a driver, an unspecified number of security personnel to be moving around with him or her and guarding their Nairobi and rural homes, a personal assistant and two secretaries.

Read: Shock awaits Ruto allies eyeing CAS posts

The government may acquire extra office space for ministries that cannot accommodate another senior official.

In the Uhuru Kenyatta administration, some CASs were housed away from their line ministries due to limited space.

The calculations are pegged on one CAS for each of the 22 ministries but the costs could go up if President Ruto picks more from the list expected to be presented by the Public Service Commission (PSC) early next month after delays caused by legal challenges.

However, the amount does not include the allowances the CASs will get – including while traveling – and the cost of running their offices.

Even though the Constitution caps ministries at 22, the CAS position that was created by Mr Kenyatta does not limit the President.

Mr Kenyatta named 29 CASs, with some ministries like Health, Transport, Education and Agriculture having two.

While some Kenyans say the position should be used to mentor young leaders, others see it as an easy route to rewarding political allies and election losers.

The PSC has classified CAS under CSG 3, which is equivalent to job Group V, making them entitled to a monthly salary of Sh765,188.

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Their entitlements include a Sh35 million mortgage (a concessional loan payable at a five percent interest rate) and Sh10 million car grants – or free money – according to former Chief Administrative Secretaries interviewed by the Sunday Nation.

Read: Rogue official ‘selling’ CAS slot for Sh40 million

Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Corporate Communications head, Anthony Mwangi, said the agency would review perks for the position.

CAS is listed below the Cabinet Secretary position but above Principal Secretary.

Cabinet Secretaries are entitled to a monthly pay of Sh924,000 while Principal Secretaries earn 765,188 and other benefits.
Interviews with former CASs revealed most had no defined roles.

“We used to complain of empty offices and no work to do. There was no job description. Everything in that office has to be approved by the PS, including the budget for tea and snacks. Even if you want to travel on official duty, you have to write to the Principal Secretary. We raised some of these issues and asked for a vote for the office to allow things to move,” said Mr Zack Kinuthia, who served as Education CAS before being shifted to Sports.

“We gave recommendations to the PSC. Some ministers thought we were taking their roles.”

Another former CAS told the Sunday Nation in confidence that some colleagues ended up spending as much as Sh5 million on office refurbishment.

He added that it may not be different for the yet-to-be-appointed CASs as they would likely splash money to acquire items for their offices.
“Some people came into office with exaggerated entitlement. They demanded new carpets, furniture and many other office items,” the official said.

Read: Court throws out LSK case against creation of CAS post

Another former CAS said the appointing authority should be blamed for lack of job description.
The former public official added that things may be different this time.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) informed the Sunday Nation of its intention to appeal the High Court decision that dismissed a case challenging the establishment of the office.
In the legal battle, the society told the court that the CAS position is illegal and would lead to a bloated public wage bill.
The LSK also said it was likely there would be duplicity of functions of the CAS and principal secretaries, “which would further bloat the public wage bill without corresponding improvement of services”.
LSK President, Eric Theuri, said the organization does not agree with the reasoning of the High Court and would be lodging an appeal to stop appointments to the position.

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“There is absolutely no distinction in terms of what the CAS would be doing and what is being done by Principal and Cabinet Secretaries,” the LSK president added.

According to the University of Nairobi don, XN Iraki, the CAS position is largely for political reasons with little value to the Kenyan taxpayer.
He said the appointments are meant to achieve inclusivity in government and to help the administration play politics.
“You will see regions not represented in the current ‘big positions’ getting CAS. Mr Kenyatta realized that politicians are better at running the government than technocrats,” Prof Iraki said.
“The CAS position can get the President such politicians. But if we think about the efficiency of running the government and their wage bill, they are not necessary because CSs and PSs can do so effectively. The CAS position makes political but not economic sense.”
The PSC has since shortlisted 240 applicants for interviews that are expected to begin on Wednesday before names of successful candidates are submitted to President Ruto for an appointment.
According to PSC, the CAS will be responsible to the Cabinet Secretary in the performance of his/her duties.
The responsibilities include responding to issues/questions touching on the portfolio assigned to the office, providing liaison with the National Assembly and Senate, providing liaison with county governments on matters of concurrent mandate and providing inter-ministerial /sectoral coordination.
Others duties are representing the CS at any meeting as instructed and executing any other duties and responsibilities specifically assigned to the office by the Cabinet Secretary.

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