- The Nine Cabinet nominees that appeared before the National Assembly’s Commitee for Appointment for vetting last week have been approved.
- The committee is expected to present the vetting report in the National Assembly for adoption or rejection.
The Committee on Appointments of the National Assembly’s has approved all nine Cabinet nominees that appeared before them for vetting last week. Despite the fact that the review team expressed reservations about one nominee but approved him all the same.
Meanwhile the committee is expected to present the vetting report in the National Assembly, which resumes sittings after a two-month break. In Parliament, the legislators are expected to discuss the report of each of the nine Cabinet Secretary nominees, with a view to either adopting or rejecting their individual nominations.
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However there are all indications the report will be endorsed by the assembly dominated by Jubilee Party MPs after the National Super Alliance (NASA) indicated it would not take in the debate. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto summoned all Jubilee MPs to a House group meeting at State House, where the party is expected to whip its members to approve all the names.
National Assembly Leader of Majority Aden Duale said it was their mandate to ensure that the President’s agenda ran without disruption. “We have a Parliamentary Group meeting this morning(February 12) and we are going to take a position on the Cabinet secretaries, ambassadors and principal secretaries (nominees),” he said.
Consequently, the nominees are Margaret Kobia (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), John Munyes (Petroleum and Mining), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Farida Karoney (Lands) and Peter Munya (East African Community). Others are Simon Chelgui (Water and Sanitation), Rashid Achesa (Sports), Ukur Yattany (Labour) and Keriako Tobiko (Environment).
Additionally after the report is adopted, Uhuru will appoint them to their various ministries. Mr Duale said after the presentation of the report, he would move a motion seeking a two-day extension before the report could be discussed in the House. The opposition has, however, indicated it will not take part in discussing the report because it does not recognize Uhuru as the appointing authority in the name of president.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi revealed that NASA would also boycott the vetting process of principal secretaries and ambassadors.