President Uhuru Kenyatta has granted all Cabinet Secretaries (CSS), Principal Secretaries (PSs) and Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) a 11-day break from official duties.
In a memo dated August 12 signed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said Cabinet members would be allowed to take leave from office but would require special clearance by the president if they want to travel out of the country.
“During the working recess, members of the Cabinet will still be required to undertake their ministerial portfolio responsibilities and attend to any presidential engagements arising from or ancillary to their ministerial mandate,”
“The will be also allowed to take leave from office, subject to prior approval of the president and receipt of presidential clearance with respect to any travel by the member of Cabinet to any destination outside of the territory of the republic of Kenya,” part of the memo by Kinyua read.
Uhuru is scheduled to hold a Cabinet meeting on September 3.
Soon after the announcement was made on Saturday, August 15, Kenyans stormed to social media to state their opinions.
Here were some reactions sampled;
All Cabinet Secretaries given a 11- Day leave by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.
Perhaps there is a reshuffle looming?
— Kawangware Finest™️ (Moturi) 🇰🇪 (@cbs_ke) August 15, 2020
Rest assured that MOST of cabinet secretaries from Rift valley will loose job in the looming reshuffle.
14 days leave is the beginning of the trouble,it's not just a break but works of impunity to be meted!!
Nothing hidden at ALL.
— Kalale Steve,ACT🇰🇪 (@KalaleSteve) August 15, 2020
Dear mr president, as you plan to reshuffle cabinet secretaries,, kindly assign Magoha to may be agriculture or tourism.. Education does not need a know it all 😂, he can't even be advised!! 😂😂😂
— MAN ON A MISSION. (@dennostepper7) August 15, 2020
It's irony that Cabinet Secretaries are granted offs yet most of them can't be found in their offices …kazi ni kuchambua mali ya umaa
— Kinyanjui Ndung'u ⚔️ (@JijoKali) August 15, 2020
There have been rumours of changes in the Cabinet allegedly targeted at Deputy William Ruto’s allies engaged in politics and also those who were under-performing.
In June Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata who is also the Senate Majority Whip said the president’s broom would sweep all underperforming state officials and those embroiled in graft scandals.
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