NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – Parliament is calling for public participation in the vetting of seven nominee Cabinet Secretaries who are set to be grilled by MPs from December 11.
In a statement, Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi indicated that Kenyans may submit written statements on the suitability of the nominees.
“Pursuant to Section 6(9) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011, the Committee on Appointments now invites interested members of the public to submit any representations by written statement on oath (affidavit), that they may have on the suitability or otherwise of the said nominees for appointment as Cabinet Secretaries for their respective ministries,” he said.
“The representations may be forwarded to the Clerk of the National Assembly, hand delivered or emailed on or before Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 5.00pm.”
The exercise comes ahead of the actual vetting process which is set to kick off on Friday next week.
Mwangi Kiunjuri, who was nominated to take charge of the Devolution and Planning docket is among the seven who will be vetted as Cabinet Secretaries.
Others are Kericho Senator Charles Keter who has been picked for Energy and Petroleum, Cleopha Mailu for Health, Sicily Kariuki (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs) and Dan Kazungu who has the Mining docket.
Bundi stated that memoranda may also be submitted for the 24 new nominees to the Principal Secretaries posts who will also be vetted next Friday.
“The nominees should bring the originals of their identity card, academic and professional certificates and other relevant testimonials. In addition, the nominees should bring letters of clearance and compliance from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, Kenya Revenue Authority, the Higher Education Loans Board, the CID and any of the Credit Reference Bureaus,” the Clerk stated.
The PSs to undergo vetting 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.