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Parliament okays KNHCR appointments

05 March 2014, 13:39 William Korir

Nairobi - Parliament has deemed fit to take office, four board members of the Kenya National Commision on Human Rights KNHCR.

Kagwiria Mbogori will chair the commission for a period of six years.

Others whose names were passed by parliament include Suzanne Shatikha, George Morara and Jedidah Waruhiu, who passed a parliamentary committee's threshold.

There was however controversy following the rejection of a Vincent Lempaa on grounds of lack of suitability by a committee set up to vet the list of candidates presented to parliament by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee said that Lempaa was not on the list sent by the initial selection panel to president Uhuru Kenyatta.

The rejection though was met with disdain by MP's who said that the rejection would deprive Mr Lempaa's community which is marginalized, a position on the board.

His case will be returned to the vetting committee for appraisal.

KNHCR has not had a functioning board for over a year now, with the contracts of the former board members having expired right after the March 2013 elections.

There has been controversy over the list sent by president Kenyatta to parliament with some MPs arguing that they were not on the list of officials who undertook the appointment process.

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