President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned the new Cabinet Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries against getting involved in corruption activities in their respective ministries.
President Kenyatta says his administration will not tolerate anyone found guilty of corruption or abuse of office.
The head of state made the remarks Friday morning at State House Nairobi during the swearing-in ceremony of the new office bearers.
The ceremonyi was administered by the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Also in attendance is the Deputy President William Ruto.
Kenyatta reiterated his government’s commitment of ensuring each Kenyan gets a platform to achieve their dreams and urged the new officers to ensure their collective accountability and responsibility as the custodians of public resources.
“No one will be spared if caught engaging in corruption & abuse of office. The law will take its due cours. I will accord you, individually and collectively, all the support you require in order to succeed in your duties” President Kenyatta cautioned.
President Uhuru Kenyatta created the position of Chief Administrative Secretary across all the 22 Cabinet posts when he unveiled his Cabinet line up.
He said holders of the new positions will be responsible for helping the cabinet secretaries coordinate the running of ministry affairs.
“The Chief Administrative Secretary will be responsible for helping the CS coordinate running of affairs in respective ministries,” he said during the announcement.
Among those who took oath of office incude, Ababu Namwamba as CAS Foreign Affairs, Rachael Shebesh (Public Service), Hussein Dado (Devolution), and Ken Obura (EAC).
Others are Winnie Guchu (Water), Chris Obure (Transport), Nelson Gaichuhie (National Treasury), Simon Kachapin (Education), and Patrick Ntutu (Interior). Andrew Tuimon is the CAS Agriculture docket, Rashid Aman (Health), Gideon Mungaro (Lands), while Abdul Bahari will serve in the Labour ministry.
The CASs were exempted from vetting.
“I, having been appointed Chief Administrative Secretary of the Government of Kenya do swear that I will at all times be faithful to the Republic of Kenya, that I will obey, respect and uphold this constitution of Kenya, and all other laws of the Republic, that I will well and truly serve the people and the Republic of Kenya in the office of Chief Administrative Secretary. That I undertake to hold my office as Chief Administrative Secretary with honor and dignity,” each of them stated.