1,300 apply for principal secretary jobs

Some 1,300 people have applied for the positions of principal secretaries advertised last month.

Thursday April 11 2013

Public Service Commission chairperson Margaret Kobia. Photo/FILE

Public Service Commission chairperson Margaret Kobia. Photo/FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION REPORTERS

Some 1,300 people have applied for the positions of principal secretaries advertised last month.

The number is expected to grow after the Public Service Commission (PSC) reopened the applications Thursday.

Chairperson Margaret Kobia said the decision followed many inquiries from Kenyans seeking to serve in the new government of President Kenyatta and his deputy, Mr William Ruto.

“Many people requested us to give them a chance to serve in the new administration,” she said in an interview Thursday.

Prof Kobia said many outgoing principal secretaries were among the 1,300 who had applied for the jobs. Others were heads of parastatals, senior government officials and staff in the private sector.

Five-year contract

In Thursday’s advertisement, Prof Kobia asked fresh applicants to send their applications by Wednesday next week. Those who applied for the jobs earlier were asked not to reapply because they were still under consideration.

The principal secretaries will replace permanent secretaries who were the chief accounting officers of their ministries during the previous political dispensation.

Under the new laws, the President shall appoint the principal secretaries with the approval of Parliament from a list submitted to him by the PSC.

The principal secretaries will be hired on a five-year contract. They will earn a gross salary of Sh655,875 per month.

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