Court refuses to stop swearing in of new Cabinet nominees
17 December 2015, 17:26
Nairobi - The High Court has refused to block the swearing in of new appointees to the Cabinet following an application by a human rights watch group.
Centre for Rights Awareness and Education was denied the opportunity by Justice Jared Onguto who stated that without first granting the
Executive and National Assembly, who are named as respondents, a
hearing, it would be impossible to grant the order.
The Centre for Rights and Awareness wanted the nominees stopped from
taking up office as the Cabinet will be constituted in violation of the
The nominees are set to be sworn in Friday.
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The NGO has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of
violating the Constitution by failing to ensure that at least seven
members of his Cabinet are women as per Article 27 (8) of the
Constitution which stipulates that no more than two-thirds of the
members of elective and public appointive bodies are of the same gender.
It means that once the current seven nominees are sworn-in, only five out of 20 Cabinet Secretaries will be women.
This follows the nomination and approval of Charles Keter (Energy), Dan Kazungu (Mining),
Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution and Planning), Cleopa Mailu (Health), Willy
Bett (Agriculture), Joseph Mucheru (ICT) and Sicily Kariuki (Public
Service) as Cabinet Secretaries.
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