MPs hit out at Duale over Serem Ambassadorial nomination

Two Jubilee MPs have lashed out at National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale over his remarks and opposition to the ambassadorial nomination of former chairperson,Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Sarah Serem.

Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria and his Mathira counterpart, Rigathi Gachagua criticized Duale over his stand of rejecting Serem’s nomination once she appears in parliament for vetting. The duo swore to defy such a call.

Duale, while addressing the house on Tuesday threatened to teach her a lesson for slashing their benefits during her tenure and asked the Parliamentary National Security, Defense and Foreign Relations Committee to reject her nomination.

The Majority Leader had said the vetting exercise offered them a good opportunity to get back at Serem who has been nominated by the President as Kenya’s Ambassador to China.

However, Kuria in an apparent opposition to the call, vowed to mobilize fellow legislators to defy Duale as he called for elected leaders to be sensitive of the positions they held in the society.

He said such a vendetta game would only serve to embarrass parliament, adding that Serem should not be punished for doing her work.

You cannot punish someone simply because they are doing their work, said the MP.

Rigathi said parliament should be a house of reason and not settling scores and asked Ms.Serem not to be intimidated by Duale’s sentiments.

He continued that those in the ruling wing of the government should not be seen to be in opposition to the President’s choice of leaders and decisions.

We from the ruling wing have no problem with what the President has brought to us, said Rigathi, adding that they will approve her nomination despite Duale’s feelings.

The leaders were speaking Friday during a funds drive at Bishop GatimuNgandu Girls Secondary School in Nyeri.

Source: Kenya News Agency