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Wetangula defies minority side to approve Ruto list

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula yesterday rejected a dissent by minority side to see President Ruto’s nominee’s list approved

This now means that members adjourned for the December recess after the approval of the list of Principal Secretaries (PSs), which was forwarded to the House for approval – or rejection – by the vetting committee. Attempts were made by Minority side, led by its leadership of Opiyo Wandayi and his Suna East counterpart Junet Muhammed, to have the approval not to be rushed, claiming that it would not have a thorough assessment by the members. However, the speaker wouldn’t hear any of those interventions.

The Minority side had raised several issues with the manner in which the process was being rushed to have the list of Principal Secretaries nominees be given a clean bill of health by Parliament. House Minority Whip Junet Mohamed, argued that the rush to pass the nominees was akin to degrading the vetting process of the House as provided for in the 2010 Constitution.

“Vetting process was concluded yesterday [Wednesday], report brought just now. We will look like we’re doing a mockery to the process of vetting,” Junet said.

“Under the new Constitution, vetting is a serious matter. Members need to internalise the report – unless we are just but a conveyor belt.”

These developments – the ‘lose’ by Minority side – means that the nominees will now wait to take the oath of office, before they start their job.

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