NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 -The vetting of Cabinet Secretary nominees is expected to start next week when Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi forwards the names to the Committee on Appointments.
The committee will convene for its first sittings to look at the suitability of those shortlisted and at the same time come up with clear guidelines on public involvement on the same.
Deputy Leader of the Minority Coalition in the National Assembly Jakoyo Midiwo said the Committee is expected to invite Kenyans to submit any complaint they may have on 16 individuals that President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated to cabinet at least seven days prior to the hearing.
The Committee will then table its report in the House within 14 days of the date on which the notification was received for debate.
“You cannot know the character of person simply by looking at their CV. We want Kenyans to tell us what they know about those nominated persons. We want Kenyans to tell us if they are good people.”
“We will also be looking if there is regional balance and gender parity. We will not approve those who have graft related issues or integrity related,” he said.
Midiwo who had earlier led Coalition on Reforms and Democracy National Assembly Members in refusing to vet a partial list now says they are ready to meet the 16-member team.
With President Kenyatta having named only four nominees to the planned 18-member Cabinet, ODM MPs Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and John Mbadi (Suba) doubted that the entire Cabinet would be in place in time for the presentation of the estimates.
Jakoyo told Capital News FM: “We were saying that the four names put out the other day was not the cabinet, but now we are ready to go because we now have 16 nominees. The Constitution sets the lower limit at 14 nominees.”
The nominees will be required to bring to parliamentary vetting committee their respective education, employment record, honours and awards, professional association, memberships and published writings requirements.
Public Appointments Act provides for a questionnaire which applies to appointments where parliamentary approval is required.