KOT reacts as Ruto names 51 PS’s
President William Ruto has named 51 Principal Secretaries (PS’s) to serve in various state departments and Kenyans have heard a lot to say about it.
In a communique, President Ruto said he was naming the PS’s as per Article 155(3)(a) of the constitution.
The PS’s are expected to help the Head of State implement his agenda and policies.
Kenyans on Twitter however suggest the appointments were skewed in favour of certain communities.
That list of appointed Principal Secretaries has more Kalenjins than any other tribal leader has ever done for Kenya. But who are we to question the work of the Almighty?
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) November 2, 2022
President William Ruto has decided to make Principal Secretaries a Kalenjin Affair. Congratulations Amba. Bitok, Nixon Korir, Belio Kipsang, Julius Korir, Chris Kiptoo, Aurelia Rono, Korir Sing'oei among others. Kenya is a United nation. Special mention to Edward Kisiangani.
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@abuga_makori) November 2, 2022
Jubilation at Silverline Eldoret as President Ruto finally rewards the distressed Nandi community in the recent Principal secretaries Nominations.
— Thirsty Kipsoiwet 🇰🇪 🇳🇱 (@Makiadi_) November 2, 2022
From the list of Principal Secretaries we have only two luhyas, Kisianganyi and Inyangala. The rest are 70% Kalenjin, 20% others.
Again, loyalties, heavily rewarded.
As we move.
— Phannie A. Kwegah 🇰🇪 (@MissKwegah1) November 2, 2022
The DAP-Kenya party has also criticized the list of appointees saying the President has shown favoritism.
From the Principal Secretaries list, Freedom of tribalism has finally arrived. Sufferers tighten up for the journey ahead.
— DAP-K Party (@DAP_Kenya) November 2, 2022
There are also suggestions that the appointment did not adhere to the two-third gender rule with only 11 appointees out of 51 being women.
The nomination list of Principal Secretaries by President William Ruto fails the test on gender, youth and regional balance.
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) November 2, 2022
President Ruto also rewarded political losers in the August 2022 polls.
They include Nixon Korir who lost Lang’ata parliamentary seat and Jonathan Mueke who unsuccessfully contested for Kitui gubernatorial seat.
They have been rewarded with dockets in the State Department for Lands and Physical Planning, and State Department for Sports and The Arts respectively.
The names of the nominees have been submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval by parliament in accordance with the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act (No. 33 0f 2021).