Duale: Retained Cabinet Secretaries will not be vetted


The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale
The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale during a past press conference.

The six cabinet secretaries who retained their portfolio in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointments on Friday will not be vetted, this is according to National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale.

The six – who include Dr.Fred Matiang’i (Interior & Ag. Education), Charles Keter (Energy), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Najib Balala (Tourism), Henry Rotich (Treasury) and James Macharia (Infrastructure) – were retained whereas 13 of their colleagues were dropped when President Kenyatta named his partial cabinet.

Duale said that according to the 20111 Parliamentary Act on public appointments, and looking to other international jurisdictions like that of the US where President Obama retained defense secretary from the Bush administration, the six do not require a fresh vetting from the house.

“In 2012 when Obama was re-elected for the second term, more than five of his cabinet were reappointed and never went through a fresh vetting. In our case, because the six had undergone vetting once and are still holding the same portfolio, they will not be vetted,” he said.

“So we expect the President to send us fresh names of the likes of Munyes, Yattani and Tobiko for vetting,” added Duale.

New entrants into the cabinet are former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani, former Turkana County Senator John Munyes and DPP Keriako Tobiko, who has since resigned from the post.

Addressing the press at his residence on Saturday, the Garissa Township lawmaker said only the fresh CS nominees and the appointment of Lawrence Lenayapa as ambassador to the Netherlands will be vetted starting from next week by the relevant parliamentary committees.

Duale further clarified that the parliament will not be recalled for “mere reading of the names of the new appointees”.

“Parliament in the last session, passed a motion exempting the speaker from recalling the house for merely reading and conveying the President’s message to the house and sending the names to the respective committees,” Duale said.

He said the committee on appointments will vet the cabinet secretaries whereas committee on defense and foreign relations will vet diplomatic appointments starting with that of Lenayapa.

“Once we receive the names on Monday from the President, the speaker will transmit those names directly to the two committees without necessarily recalling the house so that they do public participation, vet those individuals and call the house for a special sitting to either approve or reject the names within the 14 days window as provided for in public appointment parliamentary act of 2011,” he added.

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