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NMS Director General Mohamed Badi took an oath of secrecy on September 9, 2020 to attend Cabinet meetings/PSCU

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Kandara lawmaker challenges Badi’s listing in Cabinet without Parliament’s approval

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – Kandara lawmaker Alice Wahome filed a petition at the Constitutional Division of the High Court on Tuesday challenging the inclusion of Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Maj Gen Mohammed Badi in Cabinet without Parliament’s approval.

Badi took the oath of secrecy on September 10 to facilitate his attendance to Cabinet meeting in a move that sparked debate, a section of commentators taming the move sanctioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta as a violation of Article 152 of the Constitution.

The Article provides that a Cabinet shall consist of the President, Deputy President, Attorney General and not fewer than fourteen and not more than twenty-two Cabinet Secretaries.

The law requires that Cabinet Secretaries nominated by the Head of State are approved by the National Assembly.

Wahome now wants the court to reverse President Kenyatta’s decision arguing Badi is a stranger in Cabinet.

“His inclusion into cabinet was done without approval of Parliament and hence insulates him from oversight into his conduct,” Wahome argued.

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