Jaguar: I’m hopeful CAS positions will be reinstated

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On Thu, 7 Dec, 2023 15:18 | < 1 min read
Jaguar: I'm hopeful CAS positions will be reinstated
Former Starehe MP Charles Njagua alias 'Jaguar'. PHOTO/(@jaguarkenya)/Instagram

Former Starehe MP Charles Njagua alias 'Jaguar' has expressed optimism that the court will reinstate Chief Administrative Secretaries(CAS) positions that were declared unconstitutional in July.

This follows a recent bill sponsored by the Majority Leader at the National Assembly Kimani Ichung’wah seeking to amend the National Government Administration Laws and provide establishment and functions of the Head of the Public Service and offices of CASs ahead of the court ruling.

In an interview on Kameme FM, Jaguar revealed that he was awarded the position after a promise kept by President William Ruto.

"Initially, I was planning to defend my seat as an independent candidate after UDA supported a different candidate. However, Ruto promised me a nominated MP position which I was locked out of due to gender imbalance. He later told me he would offer me a Senate nomination but later we settled for CAS positions that he was planning to create.

"I understand that currently, the case is still in court but I'm hopeful the positions will be reinstated," the former lawmaker stated.

The quotes were loosely translated from his Kikuyu verbatim.

According to a three-judge Bench that ruled on the case, the government did not follow the set rules to establish the offices.

"We do not think that the framers of the Constitution intended to have 50 CASs deputizing 22 CSs. For the avoidance of doubt, the appointment of the 50 CASs is unconstitutional.

“The newly-created office and fresh complement of 50 had to comply with the constitution and the criteria set out earlier in Okiyah’s case to be lawfully established. They did not comply. The entire complement of 50 CASs is therefore unconstitutional,” the court ruled.

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