Cabinet Secretary Without a Portfolio. Justin Muturi Explains why Rafael Tuju wasn’t Vetted

Tuju will Remain Being Jubilee Party’s Secretary General


During President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second unveiling of his cabinet team who would assist in achieving the big four agenda on January 26, 2018 he announced that he had co-opted Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju into cabinet on a need basis.

Apparently, it was assumed that Tuju’s co-option into the cabinet meant he was a minister without portfolio to be assigned duties by the president. However, the cabinet vetting process came to a close on Friday, February 9, with nine ministerial candidates facing the appointments committee of parliament likely to join 12 others that were retained by the President Uhuru.

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Surprisingly, the Jubilee Party General Secretary was not among them and now National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi says Tuju will only appear at cabinet meetings on invitation to address specific issues and as such he (Tuju) will not have a ministerial office, neither the privileges of power that comes with it.

In an exclusive interview, Tuju said his co-option is intended at facilitate the Jubilee party’s role in government, his mission being to help ministers align their programmes towards the party’s manifesto and promises that was launched during last year’s presidential election campaigns. Apparently Tuju will remain the secretary general of the ruling party.

Meanwhile, the vetting process of the 31 principal secretaries across the 21 ministries who the president announced two weeks ago alongside the cabinet secretaries are yet to be vetted. Whereby the Speaker of National Assembly has said that the names of the PSs are yet to be communicated to the House which has been on recess, a process that will be executed next week on Tuesday.

The cabinet secretary nominees were however vetted based on a procedural motion that was passed in December last year allowing the speaker to commit the names of CS hopefuls to the appointments committee without having to necessarily recall the House.

Consequently, after Tuesday different departmental committees will be required to vet the seven PS nominees who are the only new entrants to the job. Within seven days, the committees will be required to invite and receive memoranda from the public that will also form basis of the vetting. Additionally the respective committees will then present a report to the National Assembly for approval or rejection of the nominees. Thereafter, the PSs will be sworn in.

On the same note, the committee of parliament on international relations will also be required to vet ambassadorial nominees and report back to the House for consideration before formal posting to foreign missions.

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