Presidency

Overview the Presidency

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H.E. Hon Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

The primary role of the Presidency is the organization and coordination of Government business.  The effectiveness and efficiency of this office, given its technical leadership role and mandate in policy formulation, review and decision-making, impacts decisively on the performance of all other public sector entities.  In view of that fact therefore, the performance of the Presidency being central to all government functions, ultimately transcends all facets of public sector management. The Presidency is central in ensuring the president achieve his objectives.

Background

The roles and mandates of the Presidency have increased overtime in response to emerging challenges, needs and aspirations of the people.  Over the years, the expansion has also necessitated the need to give the Office more coordination and supervisory powers over other ministries and departments.

Similarly, there has also been pressure to transfer some departments or units to the Presidency to give them more influence to perform their functions.  This has over the years led to the expansion in size, functions and responsibilities of the Office of the President.  Consequently, the office has in the past undergone fundamental changes over time in terms of organizational structure, staffing levels, and in the manner it has managed state affairs.

More recently however, the new constitution has radically altered the structure of governance in the country where the President, in addition to holding the positions of Head of State and Government, has been elected in a new framework that specifically separates the executive from the legislature as was the case in the previous dispensation.

This distinction has necessitated the need for a radical overhaul of the previous structure of executive governance in order to establish the terms of engagement of the Presidency within the new constitutional order. At the same time, the implementation of a devolved structure of government operating within the ambit of an executive Presidency similarly demands the establishment of key competences to support the President, so as to secure the cohesiveness of national policies and programmes as well as the operations of a cohesive government.

In this regard, the Presidency has been restructured as follows –

  1. The Executive Office of the President (EOP). 
  2. The Office of the Deputy President (ODP).
  3. The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
  4. The Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

Staff

The staff structure enables the EOP and the EODP to limit the President to the core functions of Strategic Policy Direction, coordination, monitoring and oversight.

The Presidency as proposed sees a dramatic departure from its historical structure and its traditional roles.

The Executive Office of the President (EOP) which will be the Presidents Front office, and will be headed by the Chief of Staff and will consists of Senior Advisors to the President whose role will be to advise the President in the performance of his mandate. The EOP is organized in accordance with the wishes of the incumbent President and is directed by staff chosen by the President. The tenure and durability of an Executive Office advisory position is dependent upon its usefulness to the President.

The Senior Advisors will advice the President in such matters as he may direct, and at the specific request of the President, will get information, condense and summarize it for his use. Senior Advisors to the President will be Heads of their respective Offices in the EOP, and will be supported by a core team of staffers, including Directors, Technical officers and interns.

OFFICES IN THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT (EOP)

  1. Chief of Staff of the President
  2. Chief of Staff to the Deputy President

SENIOR ADVISORS TO THE PRESIDENT

  1. Senior Economic Advisor
  2. Senior Governance Advisor
  3. Senior Constitutional and Legislative Advisor
  4. Senior Political Advisor