, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – National Assembly Committees have okayed all nominee Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) commissioners.
They are now set to be approved Wednesday afternoon when the House votes to adopt the reports of the committees.
“Pursuant to Article 152(2) of the Constitution and Standing Order 204 (4), the Committee recommends that the National Assembly approves the nomination of the following persons for appointment by His Excellency the President, Hon. Festus Mwangi Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Hon. Charles Cheruiyot Keter, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum,” a statement from the Committee on Appointments stated.
The committee also approved CSs Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu, Willy Kipkorir Bett, Joseph Wakaba Mucheru, Sicily Kanini Kariuki and Daniel Kazungu.
In its report, the committee stated that all the nominees satisfied the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity having been cleared by the EACC, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).
It further indicated that the nominees have not been charged in a court of law in the last three years except Kiunjuri who has since been discharged of the incitement to violence charges following withdrawal of the case.
According to the report, the nominees do not have a potential conflict of interest save for Sicily Kariuki who declared that she has a relative who is an official of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants.
It further stated that none of the nominees has ever been dismissed from office for contravention of the provisions of Article 75 of the Constitution which deals with conduct of state officers that are adversely mentioned in any investigatory report of Parliament or any Commission of Inquiry.
It explained that all the nominees exhibited impressive knowledge of topical and legal issues touching on the respective dockets and have the requisite abilities, qualifications and Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso said MPs will be expected to conclude deliberations on appointments during the special sittings slated for Wednesday and Thursday.
House Majority Leader Aden Duale tabled the report by the Committee on Appointments which has recommended the House adopts the nomination of all seven nominees to the cabinet.
House Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chaired by Samuel Chepkonga also submitted its report recommending the appointment of the EACC chairperson nominee Philip Kinisu, Dabar Abdi Maalim, Philip Mwaniki, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Mghoi Mtambo to office.
Chairpersons of 14 House departmental committees which conducted approval sittings on 24 principal secretaries also submitted their reports saying they have found them suitable to serve in government.