Vetting Of Ruto’s PS Nominees Starts Today

Parliamentary session. [Photo | Courtesy]

Starting on Monday, four National Assembly committees will hold hearings to approve the Principal Secretary (PS) nominees.

The departmental committees will examine the 51 candidates who have already undergone interviews by the Public Service Commission (PSC), after which they will present their findings to parliament for approval.

Verification of the nominees’ statutory clearance certificates from organizations including Helb, KRA, the DCI, and the Registrar of Political Parties is part of the vetting process.

All Cabinet Secretaries have received approval from the August House, and it is anticipated that this will also be the case for the PSs.

According to the list of candidates, President William Ruto chose technocrats for the roles, a contrast that will complement his cabinet’s composition, which is primarily political.

At 9:00 AM, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, a candidate for the National Treasury PS, will begin the meeting of the financial and planning committee.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta reorganized the previous government, Kiptoo was transferred from the Trade Ministry and is now the PS for the environment.

The same panel will hear testimony from James Muhati, a former ICT director for the IEBC.

Harry Kimutai, who will serve as PS for Livestock Development, will be vetted by the Agriculture committee before Philip Harsama, who will serve as PS for Crop Development.

Former Devolution PS Julius Korir, Raymond Omollo, Professor Julius Bittok, and Aurelia Rono will appear before the Administration and Internal Affairs committee.

Afternoon: Dr. Josephine Mburu will be interviewed by the same panel before current labor PS Eng. Peter Tum.

The approval hearing for the Principal Secretaries in each of their respective dockets will be held on Tuesday by the departmental committees of Administration and Internal Affairs, Defense, Intelligence and Foreign Relations, Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, and Blue Economy and Irrigation.

11 principal secretaries will defend their appointments to their respective ministries to round up the week.

The public has been urged to submit memoranda supporting or opposing the nominations, which will be considered during the vetting process.

The training will take place from November 14 to November 18.

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