Parliament to vet Principal Secretaries, ambassador nominees

Written By: Brenda Czeda/Hunja Macharia
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Kenyans have until Wednesday next week to submit any memorandum opposing the nomination of any of the 10 principal secretaries, 8 ambassadors and three members of the Judicial Service Commission.

Parliament through an advert has urged members of the public to submit their objections if any on the nominated persons after the speaker committed their names to the various departmental committees for vetting.

Those opposing the nominations of the candidates must present sworn affidavit to the Clerk of the National Assembly by 20th February 5pm.

Among those to be vetted by the National Assembly’s committee on Appointments are seven former Cabinet Secretaries who have been nominated as ambassadors to various foreign missions.

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Former environment CS Judy Wakhungu has been nominated as ambassador to France, while former Health CS Cleopa Mailu has been nominated as Kenya’s representative at the UN in Geneva Switzerland.

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Kiema Kilonzo becomes the Kenya’s ambassador to Uganda, former Mining CS Dan Kazungu has been nominated as the ambassador to Tanzania while Lazaraus Amayo will be the country’s representative to the UN in New York.

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Former Labour CS Phylis Kandie has been nominated as the Country’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and EU, her former Agriculture counterpart Willy Bett will be the ambassador to India, former Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi will be Kenya’s representative to UNESCO in Paris once approved by the National Assembly.

Former Labour CS Hassan Ali Wario on the other hand has been dispatched to Austria as ambassador while Former Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Olive Mugenda, Patrick Gichohi and former CS Felix Koskei have been nominated to the Judicial Service Commission.

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MPs will be interrogating the nominees on integrity, academic qualification as well as professional backgrounds, and have 14 days to approve or reject names.

The National Assembly meanwhile has adopted a motion to extend the period for debating the report on the nine Cabinet Secretary nominees and now have until Thursday next week to decide their fate.

The report on the nine nominees was tabled on the floor of the house on Tuesday by the Committee on Appointment after the house resumed from recess.

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