President Kenyatta has handed an eleven-day recess to all Cabinet Secretaries, CAS’s and Principle Secretaries.
In the Memo to the ministries, the President said that they will not have an formal engagements unless directed by the President for urgent business.
Still perform duties
The recess will run from Monday, August 17 all the way through to August 28.
However, the members of the cabinet will still conduct ministerial duties.
“...during the working recess, members of the cabinet will still be required to take their ministerial portfolio responsibilities and attend to any presidential engagements arising from or anciliary to their ministerial mandate,” part of the memo reads.
Furthermore, the Memo stated that the Cabinet Secretaries would be allowed to leave office granted they had prior approval from the President.
Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, penned the letter and addressed it to all CSs, CASs and PSs.
They would also need clearance from the President before travel out of the country for official duty.
The Star stated that the recess was to allow the members of the cabinet to take a deserved break after working since the year began.
Since COVID-19 broke out, the various ministries in government have been busy. They liaised with the health ministry to co-ordinate the government’s response to the pandemic.
Following the lapse of the recess, the CS for Interior, Fred Matiang’i, will chair the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee on September 1st. That wil be the 27th meeting of the committee.
However, the President will not chair a cabinet meeting untill the 3rd of September.
Following the directive, there have been whispers of a looming cabinet reshuffle.
The last time the President directed for a recess was during the Christmas holidays in 2018.
He said that the recess was to allow the civil servants spend time with their families during the holidays.