Court puts brakes on creation of CAS post

The process to establish the Chief Administrative Secretary position in the public service suffered a hitch Wednesday after a decision by the court temporarily halting the reintroduction of the post.

In a ruling, the Employment and Labour Relations Court temporarily barred the PSC from establishing the CAS until a case filed by the Law Society of Kenya to challenge its creation is heard.

“It is hereby ordered that in the interim to allow service upon the respondent an order of stay implementation of the process of establishment of the office of Chief Administrative Secretary in the public service be and is hereby issued,” the court ordered

The ruling comes hours after the PSC invited applications for the post following its establishment by President William Ruto’s administration.

The matter will come up for hearing and directions on 24th October 2022.

The CAS position that was introduced by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017, saw those appointed serve albeit a ruling by the High Court that declared the position unconstitutional. To ensure the office is not in conflict with the Constitution, his successor President Ruto asked the PSC to put in motion processes to establish it within its structures, just like the position of the Principal Secretary.

“The President has proposed to establish the offices of Chief Administrative Secretary which will be offices in the public service and will be under the direction of Cabinet Secretaries,” said Amb. Anthony Muchiri, PSC Chairperson

  

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