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February 22, 2018

House committees to begin vetting of PSs, ambassadors

Appointments Committee chair and speaker Justin Muturi with members at County hall during the vetting of the cabinet Secretary nominees on February 8, 2018. /Jack Owu
Appointments Committee chair and speaker Justin Muturi with members at County hall during the vetting of the cabinet Secretary nominees on February 8, 2018. /Jack Owu

Parliamentary committees will next week begin vetting nominees for PS and ambassador.

Yesterday National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi formally fowarded the names to the various committees. He directed them to  conduct the vetting within seven days as stipulated in Section 8 of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act.

"It is therefore imperative that each of the committees immediately seizes itself of the matter to enable speedy conclusion within the set timelines," Muturi said.

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"The committees are expected to have concluded their reports to the House on or before February 27, 2018 to enable the House to consider and finalise on the nominees within the stipulated timelines."

PS nominees Nelson Marwa (Devolution) and Julius Muia (Planning) will be vetted by the Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade. Safina Kwekwe (Gender), Hamadi Boga (Agriculture Research) and Peter Tum (Health) will be vetted by the committees on Labour and Social Welfare, Agriculture, and Health.

Muturi said serving CSs and PSs do not need to undergo fresh vetting.

"Serving Cabinet and Principal Secretaries who have been moved to other ministries or state departments will be not require further approval of the House," he said. But those who have been appointed ambassadors and high commissioners will be vetted afresh.

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