, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11- Davis Chirchir, the former Secretary General of Deputy President William Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) faced tough questions over his past career when he appeared for vetting before a Parliamentary Committee on Appointments on Saturday.
The cabinet nominee for the ministry of Energy and Petroleum also faced questions relating to his dealing with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.
Chirchir who worked for the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) denied doing any business with the IEBC after he left and not holding any passwords to the commission’s IT systems.
The question was put to him by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.
“I do not do any business with the IEBC, when I went to IIEC we were going to rebuild confidence in the electoral systems which had collapsed and which we did in the various by-elections and the referendum. I do not hold any passwords even when I was at the commission I id not, I basically provided good guidance,” he answered.
He was also taken to task to explain why he included the Deputy President’s name as one of his referee.
Chirchir said that he listed his referees in the order with which he has worked with them.
Chirchir was also taken to task over the alleged high handedness over the sacking of an employee while working as a director at Bon Voyage and the creation of the pensions fund for employees of the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications.
“It is not true that the former employee’s case was not closed, when we got communication from the Ministry of Labor, we responded and attended all meetings and arrived at a settlement. We paid him through the labor office as agreed in the settlement,” he said.
He said that if appointed, he will be keen to reduce the cost of power to make the country a competitive investment destination in Africa.
“Investors will not come to Kenya if the cost of power is twice that of power produced down in South Africa or three times the price of power produced in Egypt, we must work on our power pricing,” he said.
He emphasized on the need to audit the energy sector to establish the reasons for underperformance despite the huge investments.
“If today we are only delivering 1300 MW as our generating capacity and we want to move to 10 GW in 2030, we must look into the transmission infrastructure and its ability to support the power generated.
Chirchir got himself in trouble over the current price of a house he bought in Spring Valley after he admitted spending little time filling the questionnaire provided by the committee.
He however, committed to providing the information required.
Earlier on Saturday, the committee vetted Sports, Culture and Arts nominee Hassan Wario Arero and Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries nominee Felix Koskei.
Other vetted on Saturday are Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation docket) and Phylis Kandie (East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism).