Above the law? Queries as Gachagua, Mudavadi meet CAS appointees despite court order

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi on Monday met Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) assigned to their respective dockets.

This is after a court order suspending their assumption of office pending a suit by the Law Society of Kenya.

The High Court on Friday last week stopped the 50 newly appointed CASs from assuming their duties following an application by LSK challenging their appointment.

According to the interim order given by Justice Hedwig Ongu’ndi, the CASs who were sworn in on Thursday are also barred from earning any salary, remuneration or benefit.

This means, until the judicial process is concluded, all the 50 CASs are regarded as ordinary Mwananchi pending the approval of their assumption of office.

Subsequently, DP Gachagua and Mudavadi’s meeting with the CAS attached to their ministries could be interpreted as contempt of court on grounds that they have not been cleared to have discussions of said capacity.

Earlier, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki allocated responsibilities to the three Cabinet Administrative Secretaries appointed to his ministry pending the outcome of the ongoing judicial processes.

According to his statement seen by NTV, Samuel ole Tunai, if approved by Court, will be in charge of the State Department for Internal Security and National Administration, while Millicent Omanga will responsible for the State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services.

Omanga will spearhead reforms in the Civil Registration Services (CRS), the National Registration Bureau (NRB), and the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA). Additionally, Mohamud Saleh has been put in charge of reforms in the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS), Borstal Institutions, and the Probation Department under the State Department for Correctional Services.

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