Keriako Tobiko says his record as DPP unchallenged

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Environment is about the earth, the planet that God created, from which we were made; so it is absolutely critical that we protect & manage it - Keriako Tobiko

Keriako Tobiko who is the Cabinet Secretary nominee for Environment and Forestry was Friday morning the first to be grilled by the National Assembly Committee on Appointments in the last day of vetting.

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Tobiko whose nomination as a cabinet secretary had attracted an affidavit against his appointment said his record speaks for itself and his integrity can’t be disputed, in spite of the allegations brought against him.

He added that the nature of the DPP’s position, it’s not a very solemn or happy docket where everyone will be happy with the decisions made.

He affirmed as a founding director, of public prosecution after the promulgation of new constitution he has left the office with a firm and strong foundation saying it’s not easy to craft an institution from nothing.

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He defended his nomination to the environmental docket saying he would be comfortable in the ministry since he has been on the same line for too long.

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He said it was a perfect time to change course and impact change in a different sector.  He assured the panel, that there will be no sacred cows in fight against poaching, saying the law regarding protection and conservation of environment, forestry and bio-diversity will be applied ruthlessly without exemptions but with respect for due process.

Simon Chelugai

Second to face the panel was Simon Chelugai who has been given the Water and Sanitation docket and the morning session was was concluded by the questioning of Ukur Yattani who will be in charge of Labour and Social Protection.

On Thursday, Five CS appeared before the committee where they were put to task to explain their vision if appointed to office.

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The nominees were interviewed on their competencies, knowledge of public service, human resource management and their blueprint to crush cartels in the public sector.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi led the committee on appointments kicking off the vetting process for cabinet secretaries engaging the five nominees to cabinet.

Outgoing Public Service Commission Chairperson Prof. Margaret Kobia nominated to the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Ministry was the first to appear before the MPs.

Kobia took pride in transformations she initiated at the Kenya institute of administration, the institution responsible for capacity development of public servants.

MPs inquired how the professor would address delayed promotions at the public sector.

Former Turkana Senator John Munyes nominated to head the Petroleum and Mining Ministry defended his suitability to the position.

He was put to task to explain how he will deal with the politics surrounding mineral resources in county given he had previously objected to the 5% revenue to the community from the minerals.

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Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma now nominated to head the ministry told the committee she was competent to promote Kenya’s interests in the global arena.

Farida Karoney nominated to head the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development

Media personality Farida Karoney nominated to head the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development attempted to convince the MPs how her experience in media management would apply in reforming a cartel-infested ardhi house.

Karoney stated her first agenda would be digitization of records.

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya nominated to head Ministry of the East Africa Community, had to counter an affidavit filed at parliament challenging his appointment on basis he was linked to corruption.

Munya maintained he was clean since all investigative agencies had absolved him.

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