At least nine Principal Secretaries are on the chopping board in an impending government purge of senior State officers implicated in graft as well as those not effectively performing their duties.
Well placed sources intimated to the People Daily that the crackdown is part of President Uhuru Kenyattaâ€™s determination to improve service delivery and reform the civil service.
Among the targeted nine Principal Secretaries are the four â€“ Nduva Muli (Transport), Patrick Omutia (Mining) and James Teka Lopoyetum (Water) â€“ whose names appear in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) graft list and five others whose details are yet to be released.
Besides the nine to be fired, the government is scheduled to hire two new Principal secretaries, bringing the number of those to be nominated by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to nine.
Revelations about the looming purge came a day before PSC, in an advertisement in local dailies, announced vacancies for Principal secretaries positions.
According to the Constitution, PSC recommends the nomination and appointment of PSs by the President, who are then vetted by the National Assembly.
Reliable government sources indicated that the President is apparently targeting reforms in five ministries including Devolution, Interior, Lands, Transport and Office of the President, where heads are expected to roll.
The major shake-up comes at a time when the Jubilee administration is reeling from pressure especially from the Opposition over insecurity. The decision to tap in the skills and expertise of the immediate Safaricom Corporate Affairs Manager Nzioka Waita is understood to be one of the major indicators that President Kenyatta is keen on ensuring improvidence delivery to the public.
Nzioka was nominated as the Secretary of Delivery in the Executive Office of the President and now awaits vetting before formal appointment.
All Principal Secretariesâ€™ positions are expected to be overhauled except that of the newly-appointed Secretary to the Cabinet Monica Juma and the new Principal Secretary for Interior, Major-Gen (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa. Juma formerly served as Defence PS but was swapped with Iringo, who has since stepped aside after he was mentioned in EACC â€˜List of Shameâ€™.
Early this month at his Harambee House office, in a meeting with former British PM Tony Blair, President Kenyatta hinted at a looming shake-up of his administration as he nears midpoint of his first term.
It is expected that reform of the institutional machinery within the police service, including checking on why the police have routinely failed to act on intelligence on terror threats and diversion of public resources, will be among top agenda.
Parastatals heads whose terms are set to expire this year are most likely not going to get an extension of their terms, while positions of others will be filled before expiry of their tenure.
Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Margaret Kobia on Monday seemed to be in the dark over the looming changes as she claimed she had not received any order from any quarter on the advertisement of PSsâ€™ positions.
â€œIt is not true that any request has been made for the advertisement of positions of Principal Secretaries. This will happen if the government establishes more departments which means PSC would be required to recommend persons for appointment,â€ Prof Kobia told People Dailyin a text message.