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Nyeri Speaker demands apology from Daily Nation

25 June 2013, 14:26 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri County Committee of appointments led by Speaker of the County Assembly David Mwangi Mugo who is their Chairperson on Monday is demanding an apology from a local daily.

This move was in response to an article that was published on Sunday accusing the committee of engaging in corrupt practices during the vetting of 10 executives and County Public Service Board nominees.

During a press conference at the County assembly, Mwangi said the reports published were false and had no basis.

“The reports and allegations published by Daily Nation were false, without basis, malicious and defamatory. We have instructed our lawyer to write a letter demanding an apology from the publication,” Mwangi said.

The Speaker said his main duty in the committee is to guide members on what factors to consider during vetting, reiterating that the proposed nominees passed through the same criteria.

“I have practiced law for more than 12 years and I guided the committee members on consequences of engaging in any manner of corruption or soliciting bribes,” Mwangi clarified.

According to Mwangi, there were no corrupt deals or malpractices during vetting as alleged by the daily, but the committee considered matters provided for under Section six and seven of the Parliamentary Approval Act.

“Decision to approve nominees was also influenced by other factors including academic qualifications, professionalism, experience, background, personal integrity and understanding of the docket proposed for,” Mwangi who was in the company of other committee members said.

He added that the decision to approve and disapprove some members was arrived at unanimously.

During vetting, they rejected three executive secretary nominees but two of them were brought back for re-vetting.

They also rejected four people proposed to serve in the County Public Service Board saying they were unsuitable; they have also been brought back for re-vetting.

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