Functions and Powers of the Commission

The functions and powers of the Commission are set out in Article 234 of the Constitution and the enabling legislation as follows:

  1. Subject to the Constitution and legislation:
    1. Establish and abolish offices in the public service; and
    2. Appoint persons to hold or act in those offices, and to confirm appointments;
  2. Exercise disciplinary control over and remove persons holding or acting in those offices;
  3. Promote the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 throughout the public service;
  4. Investigate, monitor and evaluate the organization, administration and personnel practices of the public service;
  5. Ensure that the public service is efficient and effective;
  6. Develop human resource in the public service;
  7. Review and make recommendations to the national government in respect of conditions of service, code of conduct and qualifications of officers in the public service;
  8. Evaluate and report to the President and Parliament on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 are complied with in the public service;
  9. Hear and determine appeals in respect of county governments’ public service;
  10. Nominate persons to the Judicial Service Commission and Salaries Remuneration Commission under Articles 171(2) and 230(2){b} respectively;
  11. Recommend persons to be appointed as Principal Secretaries under Article 155 (3) (a);
  12. Receive and process petitions for the removal of the Director of Public Prosecutions and recommend the appointment of a tribunal to investigate the complaints under Article 158(2) (3) and (4);
  13. Receive petitions for the removal of the Registrar and Assistant Registrars of political parties in accordance with Section 37 of the Political Parties Act;
  14. Protect public officers against victimization and discrimination while discharging their duties in accordance with Article 236 of the Constitution;
  15. Recruit and select Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors of Public Universities and Principals and Deputy Principals of Constituent Colleges, under the Universities Act, 2012 (No. 42 of 2012) section 35(1) (a)(v) as amended in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2018; and
  16. Perform any other functions and exercise any other powers conferred by national legislation.

The implementation of these functions is subject to other provisions of the Constitution and the Public Service Commission Act, 2017.

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