NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Only newly nominated Cabinet and Principal Secretaries will undergo vetting by the National Assembly, Majority Leader Adan Duale said on Wednesday.
The names of those nominated last week by President Uhuru Kenyatta were forwarded to Parliament on Tuesday, and Duale said vetting would commence on December 11.
“What we are going to vet and it will be next week is the seven new Cabinet Secretaries and 24 new Principal Secretaries. Those others like Balala, Kaimenyi and others will not undergo fresh vetting,” Duale told Capital FM News on phone.
“The Speaker will read out the names today; thereafter there will be seven days for public participation before physical vetting begins.”
Mwangi Kiunjuri, who was nominated to take charge of the Devolution and Planning docket is among seven people who will be vetted as Cabinet Secretaries.
Others are Kericho Senator Charles Keter who has been picked for Energy and Petroleum, Cleopha Mailu (Health), Sicily Kariuki (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs) and Dan Kazungu (Mining).
President Kenyatta also wants MPs to approve his nominee Agriculture CS Willy Bett and former Google Africa executive Joe Mucheru who is the nominee Cabinet Secretary for ICT.
The National Assembly committee on appointments will also vet 24 newly nominated Principal Secretaries for various departments in ministries. They include:
Joe Okudo (Arts and Culture) Sammy Itemere (Broadcasting and Communications) Charles Sunkuli (Environment) Nicholas Muraguri (Health) Victor Kyalo (ICT and Innovation) Patrick Mwangi (Irrigation) and Dr Paul Mwangi (Public Works) among others.