Members of parliament suspend PS screening because Ruto respects court orders


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetangula, suspended the vetting of nominated chief secretaries on Wednesday, November 16.

Wetangula, in a comment seen by that Parliament was obliged to follow the orders issued and added that the exercise would be postponed until further notice.

He also prohibited departmental committees from proceeding with further activities, including drafting the final report on the nominees who had already been vetted.

Wetangula’s statement was also confirmed by Majority Leader Kimani Ichungwah, who informed members of the suspension at a meeting of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) parliamentary group at Stae House.

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Members of Parliament Aden Duale, Kimani Ichung’wah, Opiyo Wandayi and Adan Keynan attend the National Assembly induction retreat at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, on Monday 19 September 2022.

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However, the speaker notes that parliament will challenge the order through its lawyers.

“I have directed our trial attorney to get the concerned courts to annul the ex-parte orders on the basis of various legal grounds. Proceedings will then resume subject to the direction of the court,” the notice read in part.

Several departmental committees in parliament had vetted the chief secretaries’ nominees, despite conservatorship orders from the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

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The Defense and Blue Economy and Fisheries Committee were among the committees that sat to evaluate the suitability of the nominees following the orders.

According to Defense Committee Chairman Nelson Koech, the committee has not received any letter against the ongoing exercise or against the nominees, and therefore members were entitled to proceed with the vetting.

“There has been no petition for or against the nominees, so we are moving forward,” Nelson Koech stated during the vetting on Tuesday, November 15.

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LSK challenged the Public Service Commission (PSC) nominations, arguing that the process failed to meet the threshold of gender balance and regional imbalance.

Subsequently, the Labor and Employment Relations Court passed precautionary measures, further delaying the full assembly of President Ruto’s government.

The president had to work with officials from the previous administration in his first days in office. Ruto had assured the nation that he would comply with all court orders that conflicted with his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.

President William Ruto presides over a cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday 16 November 2022..jpg

President William Ruto presides over a cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday 16 November 2022.