Kenya: Parliament invites public input on President Ruto’s cabinet appointments
Nairobi – The National Assembly has invited the public to give their opinion on the 22 new Cabinet candidates nominated by President William Ruto, with the vetting process due to take place by October 27.
In an announcement published in local dailies, National Assembly Clerk Serah Kioko also called for submissions for or against the appointment of Justin Muturi and Mercy Wanjau as Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary respectively. .
She said the submission could be made through affidavits no later than Friday next week at 5 p.m.
“The Nominations Committee invites the public to submit any representations by affidavit (affidavit) with supporting evidence challenging the suitability of Cabinet appointees, including those appointed as Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary,” a she declared.
The Registrar said the names have been forwarded to the Nominations Committee which is tasked with vetting and reviewing the suitability of candidates.
On Thursday, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula informed the House that President William Ruto had officially submitted the names of the people he had nominated to serve in his cabinet.
Parliament is set to form its internal affairs committee, the HBC will then form the nominating committee by Tuesday as directed by the president.
The committee will then begin approval hearings and is expected to table its report in Parliament no later than October 27, 2022.
The House will then adopt the Committee’s report and if the candidates are approved, Parliament will communicate its decision to the President.
The opportunity for Kenyans to help in the vetting process comes even as some MPs allied with the Azimio One Kenya coalition and some civil societies have raised integrity issues about some of the CS candidates.
Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka had specifically instructed Azimio members not to endorse indicted candidates and those who do not meet the Chapter Six threshold.
Among the candidates whose nomination has been challenged are Aisha Jumwa (Gender and Public Service), who faces murder charges for the death of Gumbao Jola in Ganda, Malindi constituency.
Agriculture CS candidate Mithika Linturi was facing rape charges, but the petitioner recently dropped the case.