Ruto wants Cabinet Secretaries grilled in Parliament as part of accountability

Ruto wants Cabinet Secretaries grilled in Parliament as part of accountability

President-elect William Ruto.

  • Currently, a Cabinet Secretary can only be summoned by a Departmental Committee(s) to answer questions but not on the floor of the house.
  • He termed public servants’ involvement in politics as unprofessional and an abuse of office.

As part of his quest to run a transparent and accountable government, President-elect William Ruto says that he will ensure his Cabinet Secretaries can be summoned to Parliament and "grilled on the floor of the House."

Mr Ruto, speaking after a closed-door meeting with all Kenya Kwanza elected leaders, said that together with legislators, they will amend Standing Orders to ensure that Cabinet Secretaries do not just go to Parliamentary committees.

"We have discussed here with legislators that we will be looking at the Standing Orders. It has not been possible for CS to be interrogated by the legislature, some MPs have been answering questions in Parliament, we do not think that is the right thing to do," said Mr Ruto.

Currently, a Cabinet Secretary can only be summoned by a Departmental Committee(s) to answer questions but not on the floor of the house.

"We are going to have a discussion so that we can adjust and amend the standing orders to make it possible for Cabinet Secretaries to get to the floor of the House and answer questions and explain Govt policy so that the people’s reps can interrogate what their govt is doing," he added.

"We do not think that it is enough for Cabinet Secretaries to go to committees of Parliament. We have discussed with our Speaker and there is a possibility of us ensuring that we run an accountable govt."

The outgoing Deputy President and Kenya’s president-elect told public servants to keep off politics and carry out their roles as stipulated by the law.

“I am asking all public servants who have been forced to take public positions in the just-concluded General Elections to step back and be professional public servants and serve all Kenyans equally,” said Ruto.

He termed public servants’ involvement in politics as unprofessional and an abuse of office.

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