Vetting of ambassadorial nominees kicks off in Parliament

The Defence and Foreign Relations Committee of the National Assembly Thursday kicked off the vetting of the five nominees by President Uhuru Kenyatta for various ambassadorial posts.

The Former Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) Chairperson Sarah Serem who was the first to appear before the committee was put to task to explain why during her tenure she proposed a salary cut for legislators.

The committee accused Serem of not being a team player and having poor negotiation skills. Members also said Serem is arrogant and does not deserve a position that requires diplomacy.

However, Serem said that her firmness was not ill-intended. She said her tenure at the SRC was more of a transformation that did not please many.

Former Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro was tasked to defend his tenure at DCI with  Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo asking him whether  he believe in the rule of law because in his tenure there were people who were extra-judicially killed or disappeared.

Retired Lieutenant general Samuel Thuita who will be heading to Israel was also vetted.

Others are former State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu and Paddy Ahenda who will safeguard the country’s interests in Qatar.

If approved, Serem will be posted to China as Kenya’s ambassador while Muhoro will head to Malaysia and Esipisu will be Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.


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