NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15- Parliament will begin vetting the Secretary to the Cabinet nominee Francis Kimemia next Wednesday after President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted his name to the House for scrutiny.
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi announced that he had received a letter dated May 9 confirming Kimemia’s nomination.
Muturi directed that the yet-to-be-formed Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security conduct approval hearings and submit a report detailing its recommendations by May 28.
He ordered that a notice be issued informing the nominee and the general public of the time and place for holding the approval hearings, at least seven days prior to the hearings.
“Owing to the strict statutory deadlines, I now order that the notification be made on Wednesday (May 15).”
“The committee may therefore commence the hearings on Wednesday May 22. The hearings shall be open to the public. Thereafter, the committee is hereby directed to table its report before this House on or before Tuesday May, 28, 2013 for consideration,” he directed.
Kimemia was appointed Secretary to the Cabinet after the Constitution (promulgated in August 2010) abolished the position of the head of the civil service.
President Kenyatta appointed Kimemia to the position to “ensure a smooth transition from the Kibaki’s administration.”
Once formed, the committee will be furnished with Kimemia’s nomination letter as well as curriculum vitae and any other documents that are necessary for the vetting.
Article 154 (2) (a) of the Constitution provides that “The Secretary to the Cabinet shall be nominated and, with the approval of the National Assembly, appointed by the President”.
Under the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act and Standing Orders, the National Assembly is required to conclude the process of approval or rejection of the nominee within 14 days from the date of notification.
Kimemia was the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet in President Mwai Kibaki’s government after succeeding Francis Muthaura in 2012.
He previously served as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security. Kimemia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.