NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10 – Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary nominee Eugene Wamalwa now waits his swearing in into office after the National Assembly unanimously approved his nomination into Cabinet.
MPs were eager to dispense with the matter after Minority Leader Francis Nyenze supported the motion moved by Majority Leader Aden Duale, when they urged the Speaker to put the question for the House to adopt his nomination.
Duale said the House Committee on Appointments was satisfied that he is suitable for office adding it could be a sign that the President is willing to work with other party leaders.
“Hon. Wamalwa has joined two other former party leaders; Charity Ngilu (suspended Lands CS) and Najib Balala (Mining CS) and I am sure that is a very good indication to party leaders that the president has not forgotten about you,” he said.
The Majority Leader added: “More party leaders are about to join the government in the coming future and among them is my good friend Martha Karua, Peter Kenneth, Abdi Dida, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula among other I wish them well if they are appointed to government.”
Nyenze urged Wamalwa to focus on serving Kenyans as he takes up his post.
“It’s not fair us a country to deny him a chance, if he is nominated to take up that position and we hope that he will do a good job. My prayer is that this is not seen as a political appointment leading to 2017 because the Luhya vote is for the CORD leadership,” he said.
When he appeared before the House team chaired by House Speaker Justin Muturi, the former Saboti MP and New Ford Kenya Party Leader dismissed reports that his nomination was political.
He said is committed to initiate a policy, legal, institutional and regulatory framework required to transform the water sector and ensure the commodity is accessible and affordable.
Before his nomination into President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, Wamalwa’s other stint in was when he served as the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister in the Grand Coalition Government headed by former President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.