The County Assembly, yesterday, 3rd November 2022, finalized the approval of 7 nominees for the position of County Executive Committee Members whose names had been submitted by His Excellency the Governor for vetting and approval by the Assembly.
The Governor had submitted the names of Dr. Sigei Kimutai Andrew (Economic Planning, Finance and ICT), Chepkuto Jepchirchir Juliah (Trade, Energy, Tourism, Investment and Industry), Chepngetich Rosa (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives), Dr. Kirui Kipngetich Joseph (Administration, Public Service and Special Programs), Ngeno Chepkorir Agnes (Education, Youth, Sports and Vocational Training), Dr. Benard Cheruiyot Tonui (Water, Sanitation, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change) and Josephine Chepkoech (Gender, Culture and Social Services).
Pursuant to Section 7 of the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act No 5 of 2017 and Standing Order 197 of the County Assembly, the Committee on Appointments conducted approval hearings of the said nominees on Monday, 24th October 2022 and Tuesday, 25th October 2022.
On Tuesday, 1st November 2022, the Committee on Appointments laid on the Table of the County Assembly 7 reports for adoption by the House; 5 of which recommended the approval of CECM nominees Hon. Rosa, Dr. Kirui, Agnes, Dr. Tonui and Josephine; one recommending the rejection of Hon. Chepkuto and; one report recommended that the House, on its own merit, determine the consideration of Hon. Sigei.
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The Committee's report on Hon. Juliah Chepkuto was rejected by the House. Consequently, Hon. Dancel Kirui (MCA, Ndaraweta) gave a Notice of Motion to approve the Trade, Energy, Tourism, Investment and Industry nominee.
On the consideration of Hon. Sigei Andrew, there was a division and the Speaker directed that voting be done by acclamation whereby 22 members voted for his approval, 11 rejected while another 4 Members abstained.
Notably, during the vetting exercise, the Committee on Appointments incorporated questions posed by the public who keenly followed the proceedings live on Facebook. This, in the view of the Committee, was a milestone in the engagement of the public and the consideration of public input in decision making and the legislative process.
"Honorable Members, allow me to recognize and appreciate the members of the public led by their online brigade who sacrificed their time to walk the journey with the Committee during the vetting exercise. The Committee noted that contributions from the participants have come of age. Indeed, the members of the public have become more knowledgeable on the space granted to them by the Constitution. It should be on record that participation of the members of the public on the county legislative activities has continued to get better and better. The committee took their submissions seriously and incorporated a number of them in the vetting process. Their invaluable participation and contributions will continue to be enhanced and entrenched in all future legislative activities," Hon. Paul Kirui, the Leader of Majority read, as he informed the House of the report of the Committee.
The nominees, having been approved by the County Assembly, were sworn on 3rd November 2022.
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