NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 15 – The National Assembly is slated to hold special sittings on Wednesday and Thursday to consider nominees to the Cabinet and those to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Parliament’s Principal Media Liaison Officer Martin Mutua said in a statement that the House will hold morning and afternoon sittings where reports on the suitability of six nominees to the Cabinet and 24 Principal Secretaries to serve in the Kenyatta administration will be considered.
Eleven House Departmental Committees will each present their respective reports recommending the appointment or rejection of PSs after they conducted separate approval sittings last Friday.
If the MPs approves the nominations of Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution and Planning), Willy Bett (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries), Joseph Mucheru (Information, Communication and Technology), Sicily Kariuki (Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs) and Cleopa Mailu (Health) they will be sworn in to join the expanded 20 member Cabinet.
A nod for Kericho County Senator Charles Keter (Energy and Petroleum) and Malindi MP Dan Kazungu (Mining) will mean they have to resign their parliamentary seats before they are allowed take up their Cabinet assignments.
The Constitution which recognises the presidential system of government bars sitting members of the Legislature from simultaneously holding a position in the Executive.
The House Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs will also table its report on the suitability on EACC Chairperson nominee Philip Kinisu and four others nominated to serve as commissioners to be considered and voted on by MPs on Thursday.
The National Assembly gave itself an extension to consider the suitability of the presidential nominees to allow MPs to more time after it emerged the 14 day deadline for it to consider the nominees would have lapsed before the House proceeded on recess on December 4.