NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – The nominee for Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, faces questioning on his suitability from Members of Parliament on Friday afternoon.
Kimemia is expected to appear before the Administration and National Security Committee at Continental House from 2.30pm.
The approval hearing is in line with the Public Appointments Act which provides 14 days for tabling of a report in the House from the date of notification.
The committee will then submit its report to the House for debate on May 28. The committee notified the nominee and general public of the commencement of approval hearings by Tuesday as required.
With his vast experience in civil service and with the handling of government matters at a senior level, Kimemia is considered an asset in ensuring proper transition to a new government.
Kimemia who currently doubles as the Head of the Public Service was nominated to the post by President Uhuru Kenyatta “to facilitate a smooth transition” since he had been serving under former president Mwai Kibaki.
Kimemia had been Permanent Secretary for Internal Security and Provincial Administration before he was elevated in 2011 to succeed Francis Muthaura soon after the International Criminal Court in The Hague indicted him for crimes against humanity.
Kimemia was appointed to the security docket in 2008 with an immediate task of coordinating the resettlement of internally displaced persons uprooted from their homes following the disputed presidential election of 2007.
He has also spearheaded massive disarmament exercises in pastoral areas in the past, mainly in Samburu, West Pokot among others in a bid to rid communities living there of illegally held firearms.
Kimemia led a powerful team comprising senior civil servants mostly permanent secretaries in respective ministries to form the transition committee which ensured a smooth hand-over from Mwai Kibaki to Kenya’s fourth president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
His team was also at the forefront in briefing President Kenyatta. Up until last week when Cabinet secretaries were sworn in, Kimemia had been overseeing the smooth running of government matters with the assistance of permanent secretaries in all ministries.
It’s up to the committee vetting him, Members of Parliament and the public to make a decision whether he is suitable for the position.