The Cabinet has responded to yesterday’s High Court ruling by Judge Antony Mrima which declared that nine CSs and all CASs are in office illegally.
In the shocking ruling, Mrima ruled that President Uhuru Kenyatta did not adhere to the law when creating the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) jobs.
Mrima further rule that the nine CSs who had served in Uhuru’s first term had not been vetted when the President’s second term commenced as is required by law.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, April 20, Jubilee Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, who also doubles as CS without portfolio stated that the Cabinet is well aware of the ruling and was intact and while assessing the ruling.
Tuju added that he is confident that the head of state adhered to the law and hinted at the ruling being appealed.
“I can assure you that there is no panic in Cabinet and that there is no effect of this particular ruling until after May 29. If at all we are in disagreement with it, which I think we are, there is an appellate process and I believe the President adhered to the law.
“He consulted the Public Service Commission (PSC) before creating the CAS roles as dictated by the Constitution. This does not mean that we do not respect the court. Courts are free to make judgements and we have the opportunities to appeal,” Tuju.
“If it affects me, I think the Attorney General (Paul Kihara) will have to enlighten me on that, I have not looked into it,” Tuju added.
Among those affected by the ruling are CSs Fred Matiang’i (Interior), James Macharia (Transport) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).