MPs clear nine for Cabinet as Nasa boycotts

The National Assembly in session. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The National Assembly in session. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to oversee the swearing in of nine nominees to the Cabinet after Jubilee MPs approved their nomination Wednesday evening.

The Opposition National Supper Alliance (Nasa) boycotted the scrutiny process in a move meant to escalate their refusal to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

The nominees were vetted a week ago by the Committee on Appointments, comprising only members of the ruling Jubilee Party after Nasa refused to nominate members to the team.

Nasa MPs who were present in the House walked out immediately Leader of Majority Aden Duale rose to initiate a debate on the approval of the Cabinet nominees.

President Kenyatta forwarded the names of Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Farida Karoney (Lands and Housing), Peter Munya (East African Community), Magaret Kobia (Public Service), Echesa Mohammed (Sports and Culture), John Munyes (Petroleum and Mining), Ukur Yattani (Labour), Keriako Tobiko (Environment and Forestry), and Simon Chelugui (Water and Sanitation) to Parliament for vetting and approval in line with the Constitution.

MPs particularly praised Sports and Heritage nominee Richard Achesa saying he “hails from a very humble background.”

“The confidence that the president has bestowed on this young man should be an eye opener to the young people who are being misused by the Opposition to throw stones,” Caleb Kositany, the MP for Soy, said.

Mr Achesa comes from the Nasa stronghold of Kakamega County and he declared that his net worth is Sh40 million during the vetting process.

The richest of the nine cabinet nominees is Mr Chelugui, a former Betting and Licensing Board chief executive, who declared that he was worth Sh796 million.

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko put his total wealth at Sh360 million. Former Meru Governor Peter Munya put his wealth at Sh264 million, while former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani said he is worth Sh295 million.