NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has urged the public to actively participate in the vetting of the newly nominated Cabinet Secretaries.
In a statement, KNCHR Chief Executive Officer Patricia Nyaundi said the public needs to familiarise itself with the constitutional provisions on leadership and integrity in order to contribute meaningfully to the vetting process.
“The vetting committee shall be inviting members of the public to make submissions that will guide them in determining the suitability of the candidates. We therefore urge all Kenyans to familiarise themselves with Chapter Six of the Constitution and the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012 which require selection to public office be on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability,” her statement said.
She said that the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments was conducting the vetting process on behalf of the people of Kenya and therefore the 28-member team will be expected to execute its mandate in accordance with the Constitution.
Nyaundi lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s 16 out of the expected 18 nominees saying they had showed a deliberate attempt to infuse professionalism, regional balance and gender considerations.
“In nominating the candidates, the president has fulfilled his constitutional duty. The responsibility of ensuring that the country shall be served by men and women who meet the requirements of Article 10 and Chapter Six of the Constitution now rests with the 28-member Parliamentary Committee on Appointments,” her statement further read.
By Thursday, President Kenyatta had nominated 16 Cabinet Secretaries, leaving two slots vacant – the Interior and Coordination of National Government Ministry and the Ministry of Labour.
Of the 16 nominees, six are women picked to head the ministries of Foreign Affairs; Environment, Water and Natural Resources; Land, Housing and Urban Development; Defence; East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism as well as the Devolution and Planning docket.
Members of the public are also expected to submit any information that has a bearing on the appointment of candidates listed for the positions of Principal Secretaries before May 2.
According to the Public Service Commission, those shortlisted will undergo public interviews between April 29 and May 10.