By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan Parliament, on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, tasked a 21-member committee to vet Cabinet nominees named by President William Ruto last month.
The House Business Committee appointed the committee members before Parliament’s approval.
“We agreed unanimously on the names before the house, and if you look at the names, they are not just seasoned but members who represent several interests to make sure we afford the people of Kenya an opportunity of a transparent process,” said Leader of the Majority Kimani Ichungwa.
The team comprises MPs Erick Karemba, John Kiarie, Beatrice Kahai, Japheth Kareka, Julius Kibiwott, Silvanus Osoro, Martha Wangari, Robert Bukose, Leah Soipato, and Caroline Cheptoo.
Others are Joseph Majimbo, Junet Mohammed, Joshua Kimilu, Jesicca Mbalu, Julius Sunkuli, Ken Chonga, Umulkher Harun, Ali Wario Guyo, Nabii Nabwera, Anne Mugo and Samuel Arama.
The National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang’ula will chair the team. The committee also has automatic members, which include the deputy speaker Gladys Shollei, Majority leader Kimani Ichungwa, his deputy Owen Baya, Majority Whip Silvanus Osoro and his deputy Naomi Waqo minority leader Opiyo Wandayi his deputy Robert Mbui, Minority whip Junet Mohamed and deputy Sabina Chege.
The committee has 28 days to consider the nominees and report back to the House for adoption or rejection.
The cabinet nominees’ vetting will officially kick off on Monday, October 17, 2022.