President Uhuru sends entire cabinet on 14-day working recess

Written By: Kennedy Epalat/Gladys Mungai

Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries have been granted a 14-day working recess by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Cabinet committees and technical committees will not have any scheduled engagements from Monday 17th to 28th August 2020, unless directed by the President for urgent business, cases of national emergency or any other exceptional circumstances.

In a memo signed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and addressed to all CSs, CASs, PSs and the Attorney General, cabinet members will be expected to conduct working tours, site visits and field engagements with members of the public in relation to ongoing development projects and government programs.

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President Kenyatta has also vacated an earlier order suspending upcountry tours by top government officials and recalling all Cabinet secretaries back to Nairobi.

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The move immediately brought to the fore recent speculation over possible reorganization of the top leadership of the executive branch of government.

Across the social media, opinions to the effect that the head of state was keen to establish a cabinet  that would ensure his legacy is fulfilled reverberated.

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Others went to an extent of saying this was going to take place when the cabinet resumes normal duties early next month.

The rumors were quickly quashed by statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena who cautioned against reading too much into it.

According kanze, it is normal for cabinet to go on working recess 3 times in a year in April, August and December.

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She says this is not just in Kenya but across the commonwealth.

During the 14 days leave  principal secretaries  chief administrative secretaries and the Attorney General will only attend to national emergencies.

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