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Does vetting Cabinet Secretaries guarantee that we get the best?

By James Rege | Published Wed, January 10th 2018 at 00:00, Updated January 9th 2018 at 23:32 GMT +3
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If you ask me, vetting helps  get the best suited individuals for the Cabinet secretary jobs. The president and his deputy make the appointments based on wisdom and if anything, the nominees meet the criteria, which makes them fit to hold those offices. I don’t think President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto would appoint individuals with questionable professional backgrounds, who are likely to be rejected. 

My candid opinion is that vetting the retained Cabinet secretaries would amount to a waste of public resources and invaluable time. 

I have employees on contract and whenever I renew their contracts, I don’t subject them to fresh interviews. Demands by the likes of the minority leader to have the retained CSs vetted afresh smacked of malice and aimed at derailing the process. 

This sentiment is validated by the mere logic of their reappointment. It shows they performed well and the President is confident of their competence and their role in helping achieve his big four plan. 

The outgoing ministers were vetted and most, if not all, performed well and the achievements of Jubilee through their portfolios are tangible. 

Parliament should play its role in moving the country forward by skipping the vetting of those who were retained, and approving the nominees Uhuruto will chose to head different ministries. 


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Mr Rege, a former Karachuonyo MP and Jubilee pointman in Homa Bay County

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