President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent all Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and the Attorney general on leave.
The head of state granted the government officials 11 days of recess effective August 17.
The next cabinet meeting will as a result he held on September 3.
In a memo by head of public service Joseph Kinyua, the cabinet members will still be expected “to undertake their ministerial portfolio responsibilities and attend to any presidential engagements arising from or ancillary to their ministerial mandate.”
“During the working recess, members of the Cabinet shall be 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…,” the memo dated August 12 read.
Thereafter, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i will chair a meeting with the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee on September 1.
Speculations are rife that the president could reshuffle his cabinet as has been the case in both houses of parliament.
According to a local daily, Uhuru told the officials that he would put on hold changes to the cabinet as long as they delivered on their mandate.
It was reported that some of the officials were panicking over reports of a unity government. The president is said to have asked ODM leader Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Chama cha Mashinani’s Isaac Rutto, and Kanu’s Gideon Moi for nominees who would be considered for posts.
“The appointments at the parastatals were to be done last Friday but the consultations took longer. They will be done this week,” a senior state officer told the Star last month.
Then, state house house spokesperson Kanze Dena said that CASs, PSs, and CSs will be appraised based on their performance.
“As a measure of accountability, the President announced that completion rate of projects and programmes will be adopted as a key performance indicator for all CSs, CASs and PSs.
During the last impromptu cabinet reshuffle in January, Uhuru dropped dropped Mwangi Kiunjuri as Agriculture Cabinet secretary and replaced Henry Rotich as the National Treasury boss.
Rotich who is facing a corruption case was replaced by Ukur Yattani.