Friday, May 10, 2013

Uhuru can now name senior secretaries

President Kenyatta can finally name his nominees for the positions of principal secretaries after a list of 66 people was recommended to him last night.
They were picked from a list of 155 shortlisted candidates following a 10-day interview by the Public Service Commission.
Chairperson Margaret Kobia Friday said the commission was ready to hand over the list to the Head of State, who is however on an official trip in South Africa.
President Kenyatta will be expected to pick a suitable number for the 18 ministries he created last month.
Prof Kobia said those picked were rated top based on merit, gender balance, regional representation and special interests.
She said the commission will ensure that the one third gender rule was complied with meaning the list would have at least 21 women.
The PSC boss said at a news conference announcing the end of the exercise, that the candidates were asked to indicate preference for the dockets they deemed most suitable for them.
“Some candidates expressed preference of up to three different dockets,” she said.
“We want to make it easier for the President to look at their profiles as he nominates them to various dockets,” she said.
A part from merit, the commission also considered ethnic diversity, gender, persons with disabilities and marginalised communities while shortlisting.
She said the commission had first ranked the candidates from each county based on performance at the interviews before making a pick on the suitable ones to be recommended.
Prof Kobia said Kenyans submitted many complaints against the interviewees.
More than 90 per cent of those interviewed had various allegations levelled against them touching on corruption, nepotism and tribalism.

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