CSs vetting team puts final touches on report

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Edward Kabasa

Six Cabinet Secretaries who retained their dockets will not be vetted afresh

The National Assembly’s Committee on Appointments is making final touches to its report on the vetting of nine nominees to the Cabinet.

The committee which retreated to Naivasha on Saturday is expected to table the report in Parliament on Tuesday when the house resumes its sittings after a two month break.

The house will be at liberty to either adopt or reject the report or make amendments.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will then appoint those who meet the threshold to serve as Cabinet Secretaries.

NASA boycotted the vetting exercise and has maintained that it will not take part in endorsing any appointments by the jubilee administration.

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Those vetted were John Munyes for the Petroleum and Mining ministry, Monica Juma for the Foreign Affairs docket, Farida Karoney Lands and Housing, Peter Munya East African Community and the Northern Corridor Development and Margaret Kobia Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.

Also vetted were Keriako Tobiko Environment and Forestry, Simon Chelugui Water and Sanitation, Ukur Yatani Labour and Social Services and Rashid Achesa for the Sports and Heritage docket.

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Issues such as the war on graft featured prominently during the two day vetting exercise with each nominee taken to task to explain how they will fight the vice.

Six Cabinet Secretaries who retained their dockets following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-organisation of the Government will not be vetted afresh.

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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.

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The respective committees will then present a report to the National Assembly plenary for approval or rejection of the nominees. Thereafter, the PSs will be sworn in.

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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