President William Ruto has directed each Cabinet Secretary (CS) to have only one advisor instead of two, in a move meant to enforce austerity measures in his administration.

In a letter addressed to CSs, Ruto through Chief of Staff Felix Koskei, stated that any advisors beyond the set threshold will immediately be phased out from the public service.

“In that regard, 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.

“Additionally, the number of personal staff attached to you will remain as set out in the Public Service Commission guidelines being two staffers. Consequently, you are requested to assess the requirements of your office and indicate the advisor you would wish to retain to support you in discharge of your portfolio mandate. Any advisors beyond the set threshold will be immediately phased out from the Public Service,” the letter reads in parts.

The CSs have been directed to submit to the Public Service Commission the full name of the advisors to be retained by close of business on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

“Accordingly, and by way of this circular letter, you are directed to submit to the Public Service Commission the full name of the advisor to be retained, with a copy to this office by close of business on Thursday, 11th July, 2024,” the letter signed by Koskei reads in parts.

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