Members of Parliament (MPs) have approved the nomination of all the 24 Cabinet nominees, including Peninah Malonza, who had earlier been rejected by the Committee on Appointments.
“She lacked the requisite abilities and professional experience to be approved for appointment to the Office of the Cabinet Secretary,” read the report tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 25.
While debating on the CS nominee report that was tabled on Tuesday, the appointments committee approved the appointment of the embattled Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage CS nominee Penninah Malonza.
The latest development now paves way for the cabinet members to be sworn to office as per the constitution.
The nominees will assume office by swearing or affirming faithfulness to the people and the republic of Kenya before the president.
The National Assembly’s Committee on Appointments is made up of the following members: Moses Wetang’ula, Gladys Boss, Kimani Ichung’wah, Opiyo Wandayi, Owen Baya, Robert Mbui, Junet Mohamed, Abdul Rahim Dawood, David Gikaria, David Pkosing, Dido Ali Raso, Ferdinand Wanyonyi, Mishi Mboko, Stephen Mule, Naisula Lesuuda, Mary Emaase, Abdi Shurie, Caleb Amisi, George Gitonga Murugara, Nelson Koech and Rahab Wachira Mukami.
Despite the unanimous rejection by the 21 special committee MPs, Malonza’s nomination was on Wednesday approved by the plenary (the entire membership of the National Assembly).
The Minority side that rejected Jumwa and Linturi are Opiyo Wandayi, Robert Mbui, Junet Mohamed, David Pkosing, Naisula Lesuuda, Mishi Mboko, Abdi Shurie and Caleb Amisi.
The dissenting MPs were affiliated with the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition, while those who approved of the two nominees’ candidatures were affiliated with the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.