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February 22, 2018

Gender balance met in Uhuru Cabinet nominations, says Muturi

Veteran journalist Farida Karoney during her vetting for the post of Lands cabinet secretary, by parliament's Committee on Appointments which is chaired by speaker Justin Muturi, February 8, 2018. /JACK OWUOR
Veteran journalist Farida Karoney during her vetting for the post of Lands cabinet secretary, by parliament's Committee on Appointments which is chaired by speaker Justin Muturi, February 8, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Cabinet nominations met the two-thirds threshold, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has said.

Uhuru nominated six men and three women. They are former governors Peter Munya and Ukur Yattani, former DPP Keriako Tobiko, former Turkana Senator John Munyes, Rashid Achesa and Simon Chelugui.

The women are former PSC Chairperson Margaret Kobia, journalist Farida Karoney and former Foreign Affairs PS Monica Juma.

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"The list forwarded to the House for consideration, therefore, meets the two-thirds threshold as set under Article 27(8) of the Constitution," Muturi said in a report on Tuesday.

"The [Appointments] committee observed that the list forwarded for consideration has nominees from different regions across the country and from diverse groups of people.

"However, the Constitution provides for 22 Cabinet slots and the country has 47 counties thus it would not be possible to get representation from all the counties."

Uhuru dramatically expanded his government, fired seven Cabinet Secretaries and rewarded a host of poll losers and loyalists in what appears to have been a tortured balancing act.

His nominations still fell short of the Constitutional one-third gender requirement, with only six out of the 22 Cabinet Secretaries being women.

Details: Uhuru Cabinet fails Constitutional gender test again

On persons living with disabilities, the Speaker said the principle is an aspiration that requires more time to be fully achieved.

He said the Constitution contemplates progressive implementation of that principle and that the five per cent threshold will be met gradually.

In terms of youth representation, Muturi noted the Sports and Heritage nominee Rashid Achesa is the youngest among nominees, an indication that the appointing authority considered young people's needs.

"Whereas the Constitution requires that the State takes affirmative action measures to ensure youth have opportunities to associate, be represented and participate in political, social and economic spheres of life, it does not stipulate the threshold to be met with respect to the number of youth in appointive bodies," the report stated.

This, Muturi said, is an issue for serious consideration in future appointments.

The nominees were vetted and the EACC has raised integrity concerns against former Governor Peter Munya (Meru) and Ukur Yattani (Marsabit).

The questions concern their terms in office from 2013 to 2017. Muturi earlier noted the commission had not specified the allegations and that the two had not been found guilty of any crimes.

Read: EACC raises integrity issues against Munya, Yattani after vetting

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