Sunday, April 7, 2013

Former ministers set for Cabinet comeback

By EDITH FORTUNATE efortunate@ke.nationmedia.com AND PHILIP BWAYO pbwayo@ke.nationmedia.com

Three former ministers are likely to make a comeback to Cabinet when President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta unveils his new team on Wednesday.

Although it is impossible to know for sure who is in the closely-guarded list, Nation sources said they expected former Environment Minister Chirau Mwakwere, Water Minister Charity Ngilu and former Gender Minister Naomi Shaban to be in the Cabinet.

The sources said the final touches to the 22-member list were put on Sunday morning and consists of a blend of old and young leaders. Names which are being mentioned include two former members of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission Winnie Guchu and Davis Chirchir as well as TNA secretary-general Onyango Oloo.

Other non-politicians whose names are featuring prominently in the list of those under consideration are Bidco chief executive Vimal Shah, top bankers Mohamed Aden (Barclays) and James Mwangi (Equity), Kenya Airways boss Titus Naikuni and President Kibaki’s adviser Nancy Gitau. The Treasury’s head of governance Anne Waiguru and Central Bank of Kenya deputy governor Haron Sirima have also been mentioned.

Others are Amaco Insurance boss Silas Simatwo, Vision 2030 secretariat boss Mugo Kebati, Kass FM owner Joshua Chepkwony and Mombasa businessman David Lang’at.

Also mentioned are World Trade Organisation boss Amina Mohamed and former MPs Abdikadir Mohamed, Raphael Tuju and Shem Ochuodho.

Cabinet secretary nominees will be tabled in Parliament for vetting before being handed back to the President for gazetting.

On Sunday, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said the country is going to have the best Cabinet of secretaries, saying nominees by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta would face vigorous vetting by Parliament.

Speaking at Lukhome village in Trans Nzoia, Mr Muturi said Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were consulting widely to ensure that the names they present at the floor of the House meet constitutional requirements.

“The two are consulting widely to ensure that they bring names of men and women of experience before the house for approval. Rest assured that parliament is not just going to rubber stamp names but instead will vet them vigorously,” he spoke at the Burial of Mzee Lazaro Wekesa, father of Saboti MP David Wekesa.

He also promised to be sober and non-partisan in running Parliament. “We want you to put your trust in the Legislature like other arms of the government because I assure you that our business will be purely centered on issues,” he said.