Before traveling abroad, the departing CSs must get authorization from the President, regardless of the reason of their trip.
In a statement dated September 19 and signed by the Head of the Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, the CSs and Principal Secretaries (PSs) were also instructed to continue in office until their replacements are nominated by the fifth President.
He emphasized that the instruction was in place to facilitate a seamless transition from the previous regime to the current government, which has been in place for almost a week.
“It is therefore reiterated that the tenure of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries currently in Office will only lapse on appointment and swearing-in of a successor Cabinet Secretary or Principal Secretary as the case may be by the Head of State and Government or upon a reorganization of Government by His Excellency the President that affects a particular docket.
Foreign Travel by Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries is further suspended unless as sanctioned by the Head of State and Government,” reads the statement.
CSs were restricted from selecting board members of state businesses or state agencies and from making ministerial redeployments or new appointments in any level inside ministries and state departments.
“Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs) shall not issue any new policy pronouncements unless as sanctioned by H.E. the President.
“Ministries, State Departments, and State Agencies (MDAs) shall not effect payments exceeding Ksh 50 million without the prior approval of and verification by The National Treasury,” added the statement.