A report on Cabinet Secretary screening is expected to be presented at parliament on Tuesday afternoon by the National Assembly Committee on Appointments. The Parliament will then have a discussion on the report that will be tabled. The names of the selected candidates will then be sent to the President for appointment. The vetting process began on Monday, October 17 and concluded on Saturday, October 22. It is alleged that the National Assembly, led by Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, unanimously accepted 21 CS applicants but was divided on the fate of the other three.
Also, four Cabinet Secretary nominees face rejection by a section of members of the committee from Azimio one Kenya after being identified for numerous infractions ranging from alleged corruption to dubious public behavior in the past
The four include Moses Kuria (Trade, Investment and Industry), Mithika Linturi (CS nominee for Agriculture), Penina Malonza (Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage) and Aisha Jumwa (Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Action).
As a result, Wednesday 26th October is the deadline for MPs to either accept or reject the complete list, with or without revisions. This has opened the door for heavy lobbying, as the rejected nominees will be seeking to get the backing of the majority of parliamentarians.
If the House confirms the nominations, the acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Serah Kioko, will notify the President, who will in turn appoint those who have been officially authorized via a Kenya Gazette notice. Once the nominations have been gazetted, nominees will be sworn in, thus terminating the tenure of their predecessors who have already had Cabinet sessions under the new administration.