Govt Orders All CSs To Cut Number Of Advisors

    Head of Public Service and State House Chief of Staff Felix Koskei has directed all Cabinet Secretaries to reduce the number of advisors from two to one. 

    Koskei said the move is part of the austerity measures announced by President William Ruto to cut government spending.

    “It is notified that His Excellency the President directed that the number of advisors in government be reduced by 50% with immediate effect. By dint of that Presidential Action, the number of advisors assigned to each Cabinet Secretary has been revised from two to one,” read the letter in part.

    However, Koskei said the number of personal staff attached to CSs will remain two as set out in the Public Service Commission guidelines. 

    The Head of Public Service directed each CS to indicate the advisor that they will retain noting that advisors beyond the set threshold would be phased out of the public service.

    “Consequently, you are requested to assess the requirements of your office and indicate the advisor you would wish to retain to support you in the discharge of your portfolio mandate. Any advisors beyond the set threshold will be immediately phased out from the Public Service,” Koskei stated.

    Further, he asked the CSs to submit the full names of the advisors who will be retained to PSC and send a copy to his office, by Thursday, July 11, 2024.