In a statement sent to newsrooms on Monday, the vice-chairman of the selection panel Stephen Mutoro says the reports are misleading and that the process was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.
Mutoro says the panel shortlisted and interviewed all those who met requirements for the position in accordance with the Information and Communication Act 2013.
“We also take note of the unfortunate suggestion that the panel disregarded the provisions of Article 232 that spells out the values and principles of the public service, which require among others gender, disability and ethnic balance subject to merit,” he said.
Mutoro says the candidates settled on were selected on pure merit and confidence without any undue considerations.
“In carrying out that exercise the panel wishes to clarify that the process was above board and that it followed a clear criteria for shortlisting that had been agreed upon to ensure fairness and equity in all applicants,” he said.
Among the candidates shortlisted and presented to the president for appointment include Ben Ngene Gituku (previous chairperson of CCK), Nerbert Bernard Muriuki and John Kariuki.
He also said that the selection of the CAK board members is ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
The panel consists of representatives from the Consumers Federation of Kenya, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the Public Relations Society of Kenya, The Kenya National Union of Teachers, the Institution of Engineers, the Media Council of Kenya and the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology.