Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has suffered a blow after the county assembly vetting committee rejected half of the county executive committee (CEC) nominees.
The committee that was chaired by Speaker Dominic Rono said the nomination process did not meet the constitutional requirements of regional balance and inclusion of the disabled.
Some candidates were kicked out for not meeting the qualifications for the dockets they were nominated for.
Rejected nominees are Edna Ruto for Information Communication Youth, Sport and e-government, Hellen Ngeno for Trade industrialisation, Cooperative Management, Tourism and Wildlife, and Barnabas Ngeno for Lands, Housing and Physical Planning.
Others are Dr Alice Mutai for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and Dr Moses Langat for Education, Culture and Social Services.
The committee approved Dr Shadrach Mutai for Medical, Public Health and Pharmaceutical Services, Patrick Mutai (Finance and Economic Planning) and Charles Birech (Public Works, Roads and Transport).
Others who got the nod are Geoffrey Ruto for Water, Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources and Hellen Chepkwony for Public Service Management.
“The list of nominees did not include Persons With Disabilities as raised by one petitioner, Raymond Cheruiyot, pursuant to Article 54 (2) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. That two of the nominees are related as maternal cousins as stated in the petition of one Leonard Langat,” said leader of majority Hezron Kipngeno during the tabling of the list.
The committee rejected Dr Langat, a research fellow at the University of Surrey, for failing to disclose that he is a maternal cousin to Mr Mutai, the finance executive who has been given a second term.
“The committee, having considered the criteria provided by the vetting tool, curriculum vitae and having heard his oral submission during the vetting interview, also observed that that nominee did not have the experience and competence pertaining to early childhood development education and village polytechnic,” said Mr Kipngeno.