SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES CASs WILL ENJOY. President William Ruto announced the selections of 50 new Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) on Thursday, March 16.
The job of approving the nominations has been delegated to the National Assembly. Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, former Senator Millicent Omanga, and Benjamin Washiali are among those listed on the list.
The CAS position was created by the former president Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018, and the High Court declared it to be unconstitutional in 2021.
However, the position was later taken legitimate in February 2023.
In the ministry leadership hierarchy, the CAS is directly under the Cabinet Secretary and above the Principal Secretary.
Here is a breakdown of the benefits the CASs will enjoy:
- Monthly salary – Sh765,138
- House allowance – Sh200,000
- Entertainment allowance – Sh100,000
- Car grant – Sh10 million
- Mortgage – Sh35 million
- Health cover – Sh10 million outpatient and Sh3 million inpatient
Also, they enjoy the benefit of having two luxury cars, two secretaries, a driver, a personal assistant, and an unnamed security detail.
Poll losers who made it to the CAS nominee list
- Evans Kidero – Homa Bay Gubernatorial seat,
- Millicent Omanga – Nairobi Woman Rep
- Catherine Waruguru – Laikipia East
- Onesmus Ngunjiri – Bahati MP
- Bishop Margaret Wanjiru – Nairobi Senator
- Isaac Mwaura – Ruiru MP
- Rehema Jaldesa – Isiolo Woman Rep
Purity Ngirici, a former representative for Kirinyaga, James Ongwae, a former governor of Kisii, Macdonald Mariga, Linda Ogutu, and Mwanaisha Chidzuga are just a few of the well-known figures that passed up the chance.
The Chief Administrative Secretaries’ responsibilities include dealing with issues relevant to the portfolio they have been given and forming a connection between the Ministry, county governments, and the bicameral Parliament on matters of joint interest and concurrent mandate.
The general public has, however, reacted negatively to the nominees, complaining that the government is too big to be supported by the struggling taxpayer.
The nominations also follow a demand for widespread protests from opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claims that President Ruto’s administration is doing nothing to lower living expenses.