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February 26, 2018

MPs approve Uhuru's Cabinet nominees

"Majority Leader Aden Duale said there is no need to focus on academic qualifications at the expense of candidates' ability to perform."
"Majority Leader Aden Duale said there is no need to focus on academic qualifications at the expense of candidates' ability to perform."

Members of Parliament on Wednesday approved the nine nominees for appointment as Cabinet Secretaries.

The session was entirely a Jubilee affair as opposition MPs boycotted the sittings.

The approval now paves way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the officials who will join their other Cabinet colleagues who were re-appointed.

The nominees are Margaret Kobia (Public Service and Youth), John Munyes (Mining), Farida Karoney (Lands), Peter Munya (East African Community), and Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs).

Others are former DPP Keriako Tobiko (Environment and Forestry), Simon Chelugui (Water), former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani (Labour) and Rashid Achesa (Sports).

Also read: Chelugui richest Cabinet nominee with Sh796m net worth, Tobiko at Sh360m - report

Majority Leader Aden Duale , who moved the motion, said there is no need to focus on academic qualifications at the expense of candidates' ability to perform.

"It is not about the PhD you have or the prestigious university one attends," he said.

This was in reference to Achesa’s academic qualifications which have sparked varied views from Kenyans across the country.

The MPs appeared to follow in the footsteps of the vetting committee which totally avoided questioning Achesa about his academic background.

Also read: Rashid Achesa dropped out of school, but suitable for Sports CS job - MPs

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