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Kameru's 'tribal' appointment must be reversed: MP

03 September 2014, 11:40 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Homa Bay Town MP, Peter Kaluma has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, asking him to disregard the vetting and approval Major General Philip Kameru as the head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), on grounds that the country’s security organs are dominated by people from two ethnic groups and regions.

Kaluma said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of Kameru contravenes Article 238 (2) of the Constitution which provides for equitable proportions in recruitment by the national security organs to reflect the diversity of citizens.  

Also read: Tribe issue in Kameru appointment as NIS chief

“The President in this appointment has contradicted his promise to build a Kenyan nation to which all belong and access opportunities,” Kaluma said in a letter addressed to the Speaker.

“It is time President Kenyatta was reminded of the prohibitions of Article 131 (2) of the Constitution which obligates him to “respect, uphold and safeguard the Constitution, promote and enhance the unity of the nation, promote respect for diversity of the people and communities of Kenya,” he added.

Kaluma said President Kenyatta should instead nominate another person from other tribes citing that there is regional and ethnic imbalance in current 11 key security organs namely; President Kenyatta himself (the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces), General Julius Karangi (Chief of General Staff), Major General Samwel Thuita (Commander Kenya Air force) and Lieutenant Joseph Kiptoo Kasaon (Commander Kenya Army).

He said others include; Directorate of Criminal Investigations,  Ndegwa Muhoro, Inspector General National Police Service, David Kimaiyo, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Ngewa Mukala, Director National Youth Service, Nelson Githinji, Director Kenya Forest Service, David Mbugua, Director Kenya Wildlife Service, William Kibet Kiprono and Chairman Nyumba Kumi Initiative, Joseph Kaguthi.

“This only serves to entrench negative ethnicity in the national security agencies against the clear provisions of the Constitution,” said Kaluma.

He added that the President’s appointments should reflect regional balance without discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, gender, social status or political affiliations hence need for Kenyatta to nominate another person from other tribes outside those represented in the current national leadership security apparatus.

Kameru until his nomination to NIS was serving as the Director of Military Intelligence and on Tuesday (today) he was vetted by the National Assembly’s Defense and Foreign Relations committee alongside Ambassadorial and High Commissioners nominees.

Kaluma said the National Assembly has to consider the Constitution’s provisions of regional and ethnic balance in public appointments to make informed decisions during the approval of the already vetted appointees when their names will be brought back to the House for approval the Parliament resumes from recess since many individuals in security are drawn from Central and Rift Valley regions.

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