National Assembly to vet Cabinet Secretaries on Thursday

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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The National assembly is expected to vet the new nominees for cabinet secretaries starting next week Thursday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta forwarded the names of nominees for various cabinet positions to the National Assembly and the public has until Wednesday to submit their memoranda.

However the appointees for the position of the Chief Administrative Secretary will be exempted from the process even as the appointments were challenged in court.

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The National Assembly committee on appointments will embark with the exercise on Thursday, with nine Cabinet Secretaries among them Foreign Affairs nominee Monica Juma, Farida Karoney of Lands and Keriako Tobiko of environment expected to appear before the Committee chaired by Speaker Justin Muturi.

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Opposition MPs have so far abstained from the activities of the committee but Jubilee members who enjoy a super majority in the committee maintaining that the vetting will be impartial.

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Seven ambassadorial nominees are also expected to be vetted by the MPs, while seven nominees for the positions of Principal Secretaries will also appear before the relevant departmental committees.

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Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to court challenging the legality of the position of the Chief Administrative Secretary claiming it’s unconstitutional.

While announcing the appointments last Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the Chief Administrative Secretaries will be in charge of coordinating ministries by assisting their respective Cabinet Secretaries in the running of their ministries.

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