The Public Service Commission will today commence interviews for 585 candidates shortlisted for Principal Secretary positions and conclude on October 22.
Former Kakamega governor running mate Dr Beatrice Muganda Inyangala, former Nominated MP David Ole Sankok, and Mary Chebukati Wanyonyi, wife to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, are among those to face the panel today.
According to the interview schedule, 59 candidates will be interviewed on the first day, which will be conducted by separate panels between 8 am and 3.30 pm, with each session lasting half an hour.
The interviews will be held at the PSC head office in Nairobi.
Dr Inyangala who will be the first was running mate to former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala in their unsuccessful bid to succeed former Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
She is the Director of Higher Education and Deputy Executive Director of the Nairobi-based Partnership for African Social and Governance Research.
Former Nominated MP representing Persons with Disability (PWD) Sankok will appear for grilling before the commission at 11.30 am.
The former Nominated MP in July announced his retirement from politics to focus on personal businesses.
“The issue of contesting is a personal decision. I decided this time around not to seek any elective position. I need to focus on my businesses because I started engaging in the advocacy of people with disabilities at a very early age, so I never had space to develop myself and that is what it is,” he had said during an interview on Spice FM.
He had, however, vowed to continue advocating for the rights of PWDs.
Ms Chebukati will face the interview panel at 3.30 pm. She has been the Senior Deputy Accountant General and Head of the Accounting Unit at the Ministry of Lands since January 2019.
Ms Chebukati holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce with a bias in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a member of ICPAK and ICIFA. She has been a member of the boards of the Cooperative University College, Kenyatta National Hospital, and Maasai Mara University. She is also a certified mediator.
Also to be interviewed today are David Kandia Masai, Isaac Nderitu Githui, Maburuka Ismail Ramadhan, Winnie J. Chemng’orem, Beatrice Nyamwamu, David Kanyoni Kimani, Isaac Nzue Kiva M, and Magdaline Ncabira Nkando among others.
Last week, the commission revised the list of shortlisted candidates from an earlier 477 to an expanded 587, followed by the announcement of the interview dates and an invitation to the public to submit their views on the suitability of the candidates.
The list contained names of allies to President William Ruto, persons linked to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and losers in the August 9 General Election.
A review of the list saw the entrance of IEBC Commissioner Boya Molu, Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi, and former Narok Governor Samuel Tunai.
This also paved way for the new entrants into the political scene such as Dr Paul Mwangi Kibicho - CEO of Panorama Consulting Company and chairman of Quest Pinnacle Investments Ventures- as well as a high school principal from Emurua Dikirr, Leonard Cheruiyot Chepkwony.
Once interviews close, PSC will forward the list of successful candidates to President William Ruto for consideration for appointment. The names of the candidates will then be sent to Parliament for vetting.
PSC said 9,154 people had applied for the PS jobs.
President's Ruto administration will have 49 Principal Secretaries who will each head a state department in the 22 ministries.