Executive order 1 of 2020 by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Presidency and instead put the office of the deputy President under the office of the president.
Aside from being a legally binding instruction issued by H.E The President,The Executive Order on The Organisation of Government, is primarily an administrative tool that provides clarity to the Public Service on the designation of functions & placement of entities within the GoK.
Secondly it is a tool used by the National Treasury to prepare budget votes for approval by @NAssemblyKE for the proper allocation of funds to different offices & entities within the Government.
This implies, the power to hire staff has been designated to head of public service.
Therefore, this means the document seen by Newscheckz.com, the Executive Office of The Deputy President was abolished as “presidency” and instead put under that of the president.
Executive Order No. 1 of 2020 formatted final Updated“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 132 (3) (b) of the constitution, as read with all other enabling laws, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, president and commander-in-chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, order and direct that;
1.The government shall be organized as set out in this order, that this order contains portfolio responsibilities and changes made in the structure of government
2. That this order assigns functions and institutions among ministries and state departments and that this order supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 (Revised) issued in July 2018,” the document read.
“This innocent looking nomenclature change has huge legal implications. President denotes singularity of power in remember that the Presidency is shared power,” he published on Twitter.
“Executive order by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Presidency and instead put the office of the deputy president under the executive office of the president. This means DP Ruto will no longer have powers to hire or fire staff; a duty now designated to the head of public service,” Odeo Sirari Tweeted.
When the duo rose to power in 2013, President Kenyatta established the executive office of the deputy president. But what many seems not to understand is that, ODP has been under the executive since 2013 and nothing has changed.
However, misunderstanding of the constitution and the executive order has sparked mixed reaction between the supporters of Deputy president and the President himself.. Below is reaction of Kenyans after hearing about the “Executive Order.”