Official: PM to work under
March 11, 2008
President Kibaki will remain the Head of State and Government in
the new power-sharing arrangement, the Government said.
Head of Civil Service, Mr Francis Muthaura, on Monday clarified
that the President would appoint the Vice-President, Prime
Minister and his deputies, and the Cabinet subject to the terms of
the February 28 accord between him and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga.
He said the officers would be responsible to the President.
"The President will continue to chair the Cabinet," he said.
Speaking at a news conference at KICC, Muthaura said the VP would
be the principal assistant to the President, and the Leader of
Government Business in Parliament.
According to the statement on "clarification on structure of
government", the Prime Minister would "coordinate and supervise
Government functions under the authority of the President". The
Prime Minister and his two deputies would also have ministerial
He explained that the PM would coordinate programmes approved by
But the PM comes third in the protocol pecking order. "The VP, in
terms of protocol, ranks higher than the PM by virtue of being the
principal assistant of the President," he said.
Muthaura, who is also the Secretary to the Cabinet, however, said
the PM would wield immense powers.
"The Prime Minister will be important in ensuring the efficient
running of Government. That is not a small matter," he said
He said the peace agreement did not envisage the PM as the head of
Government, nor did it include the sharing of jobs in the public
service as reported by the media.