NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Parliament on Tuesday approved a 28-member Committee on Appointments whose task will be to vet persons proposed for appointment to government positions by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
Leader of Majority Party in the National Assembly Aden Duale submitted the list of members and introduced a Motion for its adoption.
The Committee will be chaired by Speaker Justin Muturi. The other members are the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso, the Leader of the Majority Aden Duale, his Deputy Naomi Shaban and the Leader of the Minority Francis Nyenze with his Deputy Jakoyo Midiwo.
Others are Joseph Nkaissery, Moses Cheboi, Jackson Kiptanui, Katoo ole Metito, Jamleck Kamau, Amina Abdalla, Gideon Konchellah, Cecily Mbarire, Nelson Gaichuhie, Esther Murugi, Manson Nyamweya, Stephen Mule and Ken Obura.
Once Kenyatta’s nominees for Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary and diplomatic positions are forwarded to the House, the committee will invite submissions from Kenyans who have any evidence against any of the nominees during the vetting process.
The Committee will compile its report on each nominee and table it to the National Assembly for debate and approval before being forwarded to the President for formal appointment.
It’s the first time in the country’s history that those proposed for appointment to senior government positions will undergo parliamentary vetting.
The names were arrived at after consultations between the House Business Committee and the leadership across the political divide.
Members of Parliament have urged the committee members to exercise their duty diligently to ensure the President appoints Kenyans who meet the required qualification.
Its quorum shall be 14 members, excluding the Speaker who shall not be entitled to vote.
Members to this Committee were nominated by the House Business Committee on the basis of proportional party membership in the House while also considering the interests of independent members.
The Committee will publicly vet the Cabinet secretaries before tabling its report to Parliament for approval. Government ministries have been collapsed in to 18 from 42.