NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – Parliament’s Committee on Appointments has recommended that the House approves the appointment of Joseph ole Lenku and Kambi Kazungu as Cabinet Secretaries for Interior and Labour respectively.
Minority Leader in the National Assembly Francis Nyenze tabled the report recommending the approval of Lenku as secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government and that of Kambi for Labour, Social Security and Services.
Lenku and Kambi appeared before the House committee on Tuesday for vetting.
In supporting Lenku’s appointment, the committee pointed out that during his tenure he helped to transform Utalii Hotel from a net dependant on government funding with annual turnover of Sh40 million to Sh200 million.
In backing Kazungu, they explained that he is experienced in policy development, project planning and management, conflict resolution as well as community mobilisation.
The committee noted that the two have never been charged in court and hold no conflict of interest.
The vetting of Lenku and Kambi concludes the vetting of all Cabinet Secretaries. The other 16 went through the process and were sworn last month.
“Lenku said he is up to the task of filling the Internal Security docket stating that the country cannot achieve middle income status in 2030 without security,” read the report from the committee which is chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Lenku told the Committee on Appointments of an ambitious five-year plan which he will implement if his nomination was approved.
Lenku who served as Utalii College General Manager said Kenyans will in five years see a motivated police force stating that modern technology will be used to safeguard the country’s borders, track drug trafficking and the movement of cattle rustlers declaring that cattle rustling will be a “story read in school and not practiced by modern Kenyans.”
He said he will deal with overlaps in the National Police Service laws to end the wrangles between the two offices. He said he will also refer to the Judiciary and Police Service Commission for relevant regulations to deal with the wrangles.
Kambi on his part pledged to fight corruption in the troubled National Social Security Fund Board and streamline its procurement procedures.
The Labour, Social Security and Services nominee pledged to bring sanity in the running of the fund as well as devolving some of the retirement kitty’s mandates to county governments.
The report was expected to be debated on Wednesday afternoon.