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Koskei picked for JSC after 3 years in cold

Former Agriculture secretary Felix Koskei. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Former Agriculture secretary Felix Koskei. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated former Agriculture secretary Felix Koskei to serve in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), almost three years after ejecting him out of his Cabinet over corruption allegations.

The names of Mr Koskei, alongside former Kenyatta University vice-chancellor Olive Mugenda and ex-Clerk of the National Assembly Patrick Gichohi have been forwarded to Parliament for vetting pending appointment.

“The President has asked the National Assembly to approve three nominees,” National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said in a communication to MPs.

If approved, Mr Gichohi will represent the Public Service Commission in the JSC with Mr Koskei and Prof Mugenda coming in as male and female representatives respectively.

In March 2015, Mr Kenyatta tabled in Parliament a list of corrupt public servants including five Cabinet secretaries.

The list, presented to Mr Kenyatta by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) named Mr Koskei for allegedly issuing permits under the table to some importers to bring in sugar without going through open tendering, which is against procurement laws and Comesa rules.

The President asked Mr Koskei to step aside alongside colleagues Charity Ngilu (Land), John Kamau (Transport), Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Kazungu Kambi (Labour).

The EACC later cleared most of the officials, closing Ms Ngilu’s file and making Mr Koskei a witness.

The House Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs is expected to consider the suitability of the nominees and table its report within 14 days.

Separately, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has tabled a report on the vetting of nine persons that Mr Kenyatta appointed as cabinet secretaries.

The nominees were vetted by the committee on appointments comprising members of the ruling Jubilee Party after National Super Alliance (Nasa) refused to nominate its members to the committee.

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