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Cabinet nominees to be named

18 April 2013, 09:57 Omondi Oloo

Nairobi – Kenyans are eagerly anticipating the nomination of candidates for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet.

Kenyatta was to announce his Cabinet on Wednesday but political intrigues the process has been delayed.

The new look cabinet will consist of 22 cabinet secretaries and 22 deputies, besides the President, his deputy and the country’s Attorney General Githu Muigai.

Once named, nominees for cabinet secretary positions will have to be vetted by Parliament before taking oath and assuming office.

The vetting will focus on candidates’ academic credentials, professional training and experience, personal integrity and background.
This will be a shift from the past where an appointment to cabinet was the sole prerogative of the President.

The nominees will appear before the Public Appointments Committee for vetting, in accordance with Kenya’s Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011 Act.

The Act states says: “An appointment under the Constitution or any other law for which the approval of Parliament is required shall not be made unless the appointment is approved or deemed to have been approved by Parliament in accordance with this Act.”

“We are in a new dispensation now and the names of those nominated will have to first come to the committee on appointment where they will be processed before they are approved or rejected by the National Assembly,” Justine Muturi, National Assembly Speaker, said early in the week.

In the last two weeks, there has been political jostling among allies of Kenyatta as well as those of his deputy William Ruto.
The appointments are expected to reflect the face of Kenya in terms of ethnic diversity and gender representation.

Kenyatta and Ruto have previously stated that outgoing ministers who might have been mentioned prominently in previous scandals or lost their bids for elective offices in the March 4 elections will not secure cabinet positions.

“We expect a cabinet that will serve the interests of Kenyans. This is exactly what Kenyatta is going to give Kenyans,” Kenyatta’s ally and MP Adan Dwale, said in Nairobi.

This will be the first cabinet under Kenya’s new Constitution, which has ushered in devolved governments.

Kenya has had a unitary presidential system since independence from Britain in 1963.

- CAJ News


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