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Mzalendo Kibunjia axed from NCIC nominees

24 July 2014, 09:37 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The former Chairman of National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Mzalendo Kibunjia was axed from a list of 32 people interviewed by the National Assembly’s Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for nomination as NCIC commissioners.

Kibunjia’s disqualification from the NCIC race has paved way for the shortlisting of former National Assembly’s Speaker, Francis Ole Kaparo, who is among 15 remaining nominees awaiting Presidential approval.

Kibunjia was axed after failing to meet some required qualifications as developed by the Committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP, Samuel Chepkong’a in awarding marks to candidates.

Among the criteria used by the Committee to award marks included; academic and professional qualifications, knowledge of National Cohesion and Integration Act, knowledge on how to work with marginalized and disadvantaged, diverse groups, knowledge in public affairs and human rights, and personal presentation in addition to suitability of the applicant.

The nomination report sent to media by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee stated that one must be a Kenyan citizen, have high moral character and proven integrity, has knowledge and experience regarding race, ethnic and human relations to qualify for appointment to the positions.

The report also adds that one does not qualify for appointment if serving as an MP, a member of local authority, an active member of a political party and has promoted sectoral, ethnic, racial or religious animosity in addition to openly advocating for partisan ethnic interests.

Chepkong’a revealed that following the advert for the eight positions at the Commission, his Committee received a total of 250 applications which they sampled out based on qualifications until they were left with the 32 applicants shortlisted for the first interview.  Out of the 15 who passed the interview, only  eight will be nominated for the positions.

Once President appoints the Chairperson from the eight nominated commissioners, they will elect a vice-chairperson amongst themselves at their first meeting. 

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