The Employment Labour and Relations Court (ELRC) has determined that the Public Service Commission (PSC) followed the proper procedures in starting the recruitment process for Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs), according to a statement by Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Eric Theuri.
The court dismissed the lawsuit contesting the process, as stated in the announcement.
The ELRC previously halted the government from appointing more Cabinet Administrative Secretaries (CASs) in response to a court action brought by the LSK.
Justice Monicah Mbaru granted temporary restraining orders, which prevented President William Ruto from forming his cabinet, pending the case’s resolution.
The LSK objected to the appointment of CASs and claimed that the PSC did not disclose to the public the ramifications of selecting individuals who were not mentioned in the Constitution.
Additionally, the LSK argued that the appointment would further burden an already overstretched civil service since CASs performed comparable duties to Principal Secretaries.
The PSC had advertised for suitable candidates to apply for the positions, according to a press release.
The Commission acted on behalf of President Ruto, who proposed establishing the CAS positions in accordance with Article 132(4)(a) of the Constitution.
Following the ELRC’s approval, President Ruto will be able to appoint CASs and compensate his political supporters, unsuccessful candidates, and those who lost in the 2022 general elections.
The PSC requested public input on the proposed establishment of the Chief Administrative Secretary position two weeks prior to the announcement.