No vetting of serving Cabinet and Principal Secretaries

By Rufus Hunja

Parliament will not vet serving Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries who were moved to other ministries in the recent reshuffle by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has said serving cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries who were reassigned will not be undergo the vetting.

The Speaker’s pronouncement puts to rest agitation by several MPs to have all CS and PS nominees together with those transferred to other ministries vetted afresh.

Muturi further said the constitution allows the President to re-assign CS’s and PS’s and that any appointment approved by Parliament does not require subsequent vetting.

Relevant house committees will now commence the vetting of the seven nominees for CS’s as well as 24 nominees for PS’s and report back to the house on the 14th of December.

The nominees Dan Kazungu Cabinet Secretaries nominee for Mining, Mwangi Kiunjuri nominee for Devolution, Willy Bett nominee for Agriculture, Sicily Kariuki Nominee for Public Service and Youth, Charles Keter Nominee for Energy, Cleopa Mailu nominee for Health and nominee for ICT Joseph Mucheru as well as the 24 nominees for Principal Secretaries positions will now appear before respective departmental committees for vetting with the committees expected to table their reports by 14th of December


With the House set to break for recess Thursday afternoon, Muturi said they will hold special sittings on the 16th to 18th of December to deliberate on the reports.


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