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ICPC: Cabinet vetting was a shame

13 May 2013, 13:58 Wangui Joseph

The just concluded vetting of 16 cabinet nominees was a shame and did not give Kenyans what they wanted, International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) executive director Ndung’u Wainana said on Saturday.

Ndung’u said the exercise was supposed to be completely done in public eyes.

“Most Kenyans are just concerned whether their clan or community is represented without inquiring on the character of the person proposed. Nominees were supposed to be asked fundamental questions and dig deep about them,” Ndung’u said in Nyeri during a media seminar about devolution.

He argued that the questions raised could not hold water for they were obvious questions which he claimed could be asked by any person.

“That was not vetting but an exercise purported to be vetting. It did not benefit the public as expected; we are already aware of some nominees’ past,” he claimed.

Ndung’u said vetting is aimed at enhancing accountability and competency of the nominated person towards his position and for capacity building.

He also opined that police chief David Kimaiyo should be held accountable and responsible for the upsurging insecurity cases in the country.

He said County police chiefs are failing in their duties to safeguard Kenyans adding that the provincial administration should not be blamed or accused.

“The person failing Kenyans in terms of security is David Kimaiyo together with the national Police Service Commission since they are not discharging their duties as stipulated in the constitution,” said the activist.

He however accused the police boss of being reluctant in preparing a detailed review of police budget then forward it to the cabinet for implementation as it happened with judicial service.

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