Three Cabinet Secretaries to appear before Senate Wednesday

Senate Standing Committee on Energy grilling officials of Thika Power & IBEA on April 24, 2023. [Elvis Ogina ,Standard]

Three Cabinet Secretaries will appear before the Senate to answer questions from senators on Wednesday.

The Cabinet Secretaries Kithure Kindiki (Interior and National Administration),  Zachariah Njeru (Lands, Public Works, Housing & Urban Development) and Salim Mvurya (Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs) will appear before the Senate pursuant to Standing Order 51A (5).

Prof Kindiki, Mr Njeru and Mr Mvurya are scheduled to respond to questions from the senators on Wednesday beginning at 9:30am.

The Interior CS will respond to among others, questions from Samburu Senator Lelegwe Ltumbesi on the state of security in Samburu West constituency in light of the deployment of the Kenya Defence Forces to support the ongoing security operation and measures that the government has put in place to enhance security in the county.

Lands CS will respond to a question by Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo on the disparity in compensation between residents of Nuno Modogashe and Isiolo affected by the Africa Gateway Project.

Njeru will be required to explain the criteria used in determining the compensation figures besides giving measures put in place by the government to ensure equitable compensation to the affected residents in both areas.

Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs CS will respond to a question by Nominated  Senator Veronica Maina on the state of infrastructure put in place to facilitate the exploration of ocean renewable energy and the initiatives put in place by the ministry to enhance the exploration of offshore gas and oil.

Mvurya will also respond to a question by Senator Dullo on the rationale for the imposition of the existing moratorium on the issuance of mineral mining rights by the government.

He will also respond to a question by Nominated Senator Veronica Maina on the extent of investment in terms of infrastructure by government for the country to explore and benefit from aquatic products, marine, aquaculture and blue biotechnology and also provide the number of Kenyan-owned fish vessels registered to operate in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Mvurya will also be expected to highlight the measures put in place to enhance the participation of and investment by local fishermen in the Marine Exclusive Economic Zone.

The three Cabinet Secretaries will also be required to respond to any supplementary questions from other senators during the first session of their appearance before the Senate.

Kindiki was the first Cabinet Secretary to appear before the National Assembly after which Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba  Murkomen and Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya appeared to answer questions raised by members.