NAIROBI, Kenya May 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has formally appointed Francis Kimemia as Secretary to the Cabinet after Parliament approved his nomination on Tuesday.
A gazette notice published on Wednesday night shows that President Kenyatta also appointed Kalpana Rawal as the Deputy Chief Justice.
MPs had on Tuesday approved the two appointments respectively, after the two parliamentary vetting committees, Administration and National Security and that of Justice, gave them a clean bill of health.
Officials at the Office of the President have told Capital FM News that the two will either be sworn in on Thursday or Friday morning.
The Administration and National Security Committee absolved Kimemia of allegations of corruption raised by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC).
According to the report, the Commission had no objections to Kimemia being appointed Secretary to the Cabinet.
Similarly, the Parliamentary Committee argued that EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo had clearly indicated in his presentation that the letter sent to them was for cautionary and advisory purposes, but not to depict Kimemia as guilty or culpable.
The Commission had written a letter to the committee over Kimemia’s alleged involvement in blocking the suspension of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Stephen Gichuki and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi.
The two had been on the spot over the handling of Sh56 billion JKIA Greenfield terminal and the purchase of Kenya’s Embassy in Tokyo.
The parliamentary committee has asked the EACC to expedite its investigations into both matters.
The Committee chaired by Tiaty MP Asman Kamama said Kimemia had progressively risen through the ranks, having started as a District Officer to ascend to his current position as Head of Public Service and designate Secretary to the Cabinet.
The Committee report also praised Kimemia’s potential for the job with the Committee saying the nominee exhibited impressive knowledge on topical issues, especially those touching on public service and that he was keen on making positive proposals on how to move the country forward.
Court of Appeal Judge Rawal in the meantime got approval from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga.
The Committee cited her vast experience in the Judiciary and her humble disposition while clearing her for the job.
“Despite the fact that she has only three years to her retirement … we feel that being an ‘insider’ of the Judiciary with the CJ (Dr Willy Mutunga) as an ‘outsider’, that blend would be of beneficial to the judicial transformation.” Chepkonga said.
Lady Justice Rawal is set to replace Nancy Baraza who was removed through a tribunal after an altercation with security guard Rebecca Kerubo.