President Uhuru Kenyatta has canceled Christmas break for all security agents and National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) who include county commissioners, chiefs and their assistants.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i conveyed the Executive order on Wednesday. The CS said the directive takes effect immediately and is intended to ensure peace prevails during the festive period.
“For us in the security sector and especially those responsible for internal security, we are all under firm instructions given by the President yesterday that there will be no leave for Christmas holiday. We will be on duty to ensure Kenyans have a peaceful and secure Christmas,” Matiang’i said.
“I, too, will be on duty on Christmas Day and Utamaduni Day and the following days. If I’ll be working, how can chiefs or their assistants be on holiday? We will all be working to ensure our citizens are safe to enjoy themselves.”
The CS at the same time directed security officers and Kenyans alike to be on a high alert during the festive season owing to ongoing political upheavals in neighbouring Ethiopia, Somalia and the general Horn of Africa region.
CS Matiang’i spoke during the installation of Senior Principal Chief Roika ole Shira at Kekurro location in Kajiado County.
A ‘senior principal chief’ is the highest-ranking post among chiefs and is reserved for those who demonstrate exemplary leadership.
Senior Principal Chief Roika ole Shira joins 16 others of a similar rank across the country.
The post is competitively filled by PSC subject to candidates meeting an established criteria that pay homage to experience and diligence to duty.