On Wednesday, after CS nominee Peninah Malonza was rejected by the National Assembly Committee on Appointments, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau came to her defense.
The lawmaker says that Malonza didn't get into the Cabinet because of rules that didn't apply to other candidates who had been checked out.
He continued by saying that a cabinet secretary's job does not require him or her to know the details of what is going on in a ministry since that is the responsibility of the technical staff.
Makau claimed the panel was being unfair to her because she does not work for the ministry, yet they still asked her a question about it.
"If we're going to vote on that list as-is, Mr. Speaker, I have a question. When it comes to Peninah Malonza, she should not be singled out based on criteria that aren't used to evaluate anyone else " A lawmaker remarked during discussion of the report from the vetting committee: "The lawmaker remarked."
Malonza does not sit in the ministry of Tourism, and you know the function of a CS is not necessary to comprehend what happens in the ministry; there are PSs and technical staff, and then Mr. Speaker, for anybody to ask her questions concerning tourism and culture, that was unfair."
He urged the National Assembly to confirm Malonza, saying that she will learn quickly enough to do her job properly once she's in control of the docket.
On Tuesday, the Committee on Appointments of the National Assembly voted unanimously to reject Peninah Malonza's candidacy for the position of Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage.
In a notice of motion, Majority Leader Kimani Ichungwah said that the Committee led by Speaker Moses Wetang'ula had approved the other twenty-one nominees for Cabinet Secretary.
The committee said she didn't show that she knew about the administrative and technical parts of the case she was supposed to hear.
The report that was given out on Tuesday said, "The nominee did not show an understanding of current, administrative, and technical issues that affect the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage."
So, "the nominee lacks the skills and experience needed to be Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage."
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