Fate of seven Tana River CEC members now in the MCAs’ hands

Tana River County Assembly is this week expected to decide whether to approve or reject seven nominees to County Executive Committee (CEC).

Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) are also expected to give a nod to the first ever substantive County Assembly Clerk when they resume sittings after a long recess that began on December 20, 2017.

During the recess, the MCAs were called to a special sitting in which the names of eight CEC nominees were tabled and committed to the Committee on Appointments for vetting, a process that was concluded on January 26, 2018.

County Assembly Service Board also interviewed 23 Kenyans who had been shortlisted for the post of the Clerk and it is expected to table the report in the house this week.

Both the County Assembly Service Board and the Committee on Appointments are chaired by Speaker Michael Justin Nkaduda.

Assembly Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow confirmed that the motions concerning the appointment of the CEC members and the clerk were top in the House’s agenda.

We expect the governor to give his speech during the official opening of the second session on Tuesday, he told the Kenya News Agency in a telephone interview Monday.

On Tuesday, we expect to deal with the appointments of the CEC members and the Clerk.

Governor, Major (rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana, presented the list of nominees to the county assembly on December 20, 2017, the day the MCAs were set to begin their recess.

Sala successfully petitioned the clerk to call the MCAs for a special sitting in January during which the names of the CEC members were committed to the relevant committee.

Ten days later, the County Assembly Service Board interviewed 23 out of the 24 shortlisted candidates for the position of Clerk, after one candidate, former assistant minister Danson Buya Mungatana, failed to show up.

During the CEC vetting process, one of the nominees, Adhan Khalif Siyat, was disqualified after Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) wrote a letter saying that Siyat did not sit the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 1997 as it was alleged.

In October 2017, the MCAs rejected the entire list of seven nominees to the CEC on the grounds that they did not meet the threshold envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the County Governments’ Act.

They said some of the nominees did not have the requisite academic qualifications and experience to hold the positions they had been nominated to while others were said to have conflicts of interest as they were related to the governor.

They added that the list did not meet the two-thirds gender rule since there were only two out of the seven nominees then and that none of the nominees was a person with disability.

Four nominees in the fresh list suffered that fate and it is not clear whether the legislative body will bend its rules and approve them since they were not supposed to be presented to the house within six months after the first motion was rejected.

Source: Kenya News Agency