Kenyans are awaiting to see how parliament handles their public outcry over lack of regional imbalance in the nominated principal secretaries by president Ruto. I will break down the procedure of the vetting process of the 51 proposed permanent secretaries as they were previously referred to.
- The president Nominates the Principal secretaries and presents a list to Parliament together with their individual profiles.
- The National Assembly Committee on Appointments calls for the public to present any info on the nominee after which it conduct vetting / interviews of the nominees.
- The Committee presents a compiled report to be discussed by the full house of the National Assembly.
- Once the report is tabled on the floor of the House, legislators then have it adopted. The adoption supersedes an intricate review of the presentations made before them.
- If the House approves all members, they assume office “by swearing or affirming faithfulness to the people and the Republic of Kenya before the President” as dictated by the Constitution.
- If some are rejected, Section 152 of the Constitution allows a member of the National Assembly to propose a motion requiring the President to dismiss them if supported by at least one-quarter of all the members of the Assembly.
- If the House finds the allegations true, President Ruto will then be needed to recommend other nominees and go over the process once again before they assume office.