Friday, March 17, 2023
Ruto has rewarded politicians who lost polls and individuals who campaigned for him.
- The Public Service Commission was originally asked to create 23 CAS posts, but has now increased to 50.
- 50 CAS will cost Kenyan taxpayers Ksh 460 million ($3.5 million) annually.
- CAS also includes 2 top-of-the-line vehicles, 1 driver, and an unspecified number of security personnel.
Kenyan President William Ruto appeared on Thursday (CAS), completing the creation of the most bloated executive in the country’s recent history.
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“With this letter, the Commission is requested to declare 23 vacancies in the Office of the Chief Executive, after which we will begin the hiring process on a priority basis,” said then-president of public services, Joseph Kinyua. , in a letter to the PSC on 11 October 2022.
The 50 CAS, which President Ruto wants to act as a liaison between ministries and parliaments and counties, will cost Kenyan taxpayers a salary of Ksh 460 million ($3.5 million) a year, totaling over five years. 2.3 billion Ksh ($177 million).
PSC classifies CAS in CSG3 which is equivalent to Job Group V and entitles him to a monthly salary of 765,188 Ksh ($5,890).
CAS, like the Chief Secretary, is entitled to a Ksh 35 million ($2.7 million) mortgage and a Ksh 10 million ($77,000) car grant (Ksh 8 million for PS), both of which are taxable. cost the person 2.25 billion Ksh ($17.3 million). Her one-time payment for five years. Taxpayers additionally provide each CAS with her Ksh10 million and her Ksh3 million ($23,000) inpatient and outpatient medical insurance.
In total, over a five-year period, taxpayers received Ksh5.856 billion ($45 million) in salaries, Ksh415 million ($34 million) in mortgages, Ksh128 million ($8.7 million) in auto loans, and Ksh1. You will pay 815. His $1 billion ($14 million) tip against CS, PS, and CAS.
Mortgages and car loans can be repaid within five years, but the burden on taxpayers of nearly Ksh 3 billion ($23 million) during a time of budget cuts and austerity means austerity in other sectors of the economy. There is likely to be.
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CAS is also entitled to two top-end vehicles, a driver, an unspecified number of security guards to guard their homes in Nairobi and the countryside, a personal secretary and two secretaries.
Governments may acquire additional office space for ministries that cannot accommodate another senior official, meaning extra costs for taxpayers. During the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, some CAS were housed away from ministries due to limited space.
President Ruto also missed the gender rule on two-thirds of the CAS list, with only 14 of the 50 posts directed at women.
President Ruto has 22 CSs and 51 PSs, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi. Mr. Kenyatta had his 29 CAS and 44 PS. Although the constitution limits the number of ministries to 22, the CAS status created by Kenyatta does not limit the president.
For President Ruto, the increase in CAS numbers from Uhuru’s 29 to 50 will reward his supporters, August 2022 poll losers, opposition leader Laila Odinga’s backyard nyanza, and campaign heavyweights. It became possible.
The intrigue in CAS appointments began with the final selection, with 6 of the 16 people added after the initial list was served were part of the 50 nominees.
Apart from politicians who lose in polls, the head of state has also rewarded individuals who have played key roles in his campaign behind the scenes.
Vice President Rigathi Gachagua defended the role of CAS last week, saying it was important to support CS and PS in ministries.
Odinga last week called CAS’s status a waste of public money, saying the resources being used to expand executives would not only increase funding for higher education institutions but also address the high cost of living. argued that it should be invested in order to
“Now is not the time to create offices and positions for political vetoes in Kenya Kwanzaa. must be forced to do so,” he said.