UDA election losers get a lifeline after court throws out petition challenging CAS appointments

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Losers of last year’s elections who are close to President William Ruto have a reason to smile after the Employment and Labour Court dismissed a case challenging the appointment of Cabinet Administrative Secretaries (CAS).

The petition was filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) citing the lack of proper public participation by the Public Service Commission (PSC). This is after PSC last year invited applications for the positions.

“Remember the Constitution has already set the two positions for CS and PS. if you are creating another position then you need to give a justification, which is what the law requires, in terms of a workload analysis so that the public is able to look at that and say vis-a-vie the roles of the PS and the CS, this role is necessary,” argued LSK.

Justice Monica Mbaru has however ruled that SC’s decision to create the position was lawful. The PSC will now go ahead to accept applications for job openings.

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The CAS position was introduced by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018, in a move that many saw was meant to reward political allies at the expense of the taxpayer.

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