Azimio condemns Ruto over creation of CAS posts amid interviews of 240 shortlisted

The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party has criticized President William Ruto for his plans to recruit tens of Cabinet Assistant Secretaries (CAS) and expand the executive.

The party said that Ruto was contradicting himself by creating positions that he opposed during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) campaign.

In a statement issued by Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi, Azimio la Umoja accused Ruto of wasting public resources and misusing the Public Service Commission to accommodate his friends and allies. The party said that the new layer of bureaucracy would not improve service delivery or steer the country in the right direction.

“Indeed we are dismayed that William Ruto who campaigned against the BBI on grounds that it was meant to create positions is now busy creating positions that will add no value whatsoever to service delivery and steering the country in the right direction. We reject this total waste of resources, time and misuse of the Public Service Commission,” Wandayi said.

The party also expressed its concern over the growing size and inefficiency of the government, saying that it was uncaring about the problems facing Kenyans.

“We are concerned that the government has grown too large, too bureaucratic, too wasteful, too unresponsive and too uncaring about people and their problems. At this moment in our history as a country, we feel every available shilling should be directed at lowering the cost of basic goods like unga, electricity and fuel, financing the basic education of our children, providing water and hay to drought stricken communities, saving our collapsing public universities, and addressing the problem of insecurity,” Wandayi added.

The party urged Ruto to redirect his spending priorities to lowering the cost of living, financing basic education, providing drought relief, saving public universities and addressing insecurity.

Interviews for the 240 shortlisted CASs are currently ongoing.

The Law Society of Kenya’s lawsuit, which contested the creation of the CAS positions in the public sector, was dismissed by the court in February.

According to the Employment and Labour Relations Court’s Judge Monicah Mbaru, the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to create the position is legal.



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