NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The National Assembly has commenced the process of replacing the chairman and commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NICIC) after term of the current office led by Francis ole Kaparo expired last month.
House Speaker Justin Muturi directed the National Cohesion and Equality Opportunity Committee to carry out the exercise by inviting applications from Kenyans wishing to be appointed to the positions.
“The Clerk of the National Assembly is directed to immediately commence the requisite and administrative process necessary to actualize the recruitment of the commissioners. The names of persons who shall have made their applications at the end of the statutory period shall stand committed to the committee.”
“The House shall nominate 15 persons for submission to the President from whom he shall appoint commissioners of the National Commission and Integrated Commission,” Muturi said in his communication to the House.
The NCIC has eight commissioners nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the President and shall serve for a three-year-term and shall be eligible for re-appointment on another three-year-term.
Kaparo, who is a former Speaker of the National Assembly, was appointed to office on August 12, 2014, along with seven commissioners on a three-year-term.
The other commissioners are Vice Chairperson Irene Wanyoike, Belinda Ochiel, Adan Abdi Mohammed, Dr Roba Sharamo, Dr Joseph Nasongo, Morris Dzoro, and Prof Gitile Naituli.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 4, 2017 extended the NCIC commissioners’ term by one year in order to keep politicians in check during the election period.