Vetting committee division as 5 Cabinet nominees are rejected.
Vetting committee division as 5 Cabinet nominees are rejected; Azimio la Umoja legislators argued that the 5 were not fit to run office.
The five rejected nominees are Aisha Jumwa (Gender and public Service), Mithika Linturi (Agriculture), Peninah Malonza (Tourism), Zacharia Njeru (Lands) and Njunguna Ndung’u (Treasury).
The fate of the five is now a mystery.
Reasons for rejection.
During the vetting, Mithika Linturi revealed that he has 35 active civil cases in court. He also did not fully explain the issue of how Genetically Modified Organism crops (GMO) would benefit farmers and how his manifesto aligned with the Kenya Kwanza agricultural initiatives.
Penina Malonzo on the other hand was termed as timid. She did not fully understand the tourism docket.
The legislators cited that she dodged questions during the vetting.
Legislators stated,”She is timid and lacks coherence for the docket she has been nominated, which is crucial in marketing the country to the outside world.Her evading of questions during the vetting exercise makes her appointment doubtful.”
Aisha jumwa also faces a murder charge in office, however, family of the deceased, Ngumbao Jola, promised to solve the case outside court.
Lands cabinet secretary nominee, Zachary Njeru, was also analysed to have little experience on the sector, making legislators question his credibility.
Njuguna Ndungu’s rejection reasons were not clearly stated.
The National Assembly is expected to debate the report today, Tuesday, October 25.
Should the five be rejected, President William Ruto will name replacements who will be vetted by the Wetangula headed committee.