President Uhuru Kenyatta cabinet reshuffle and new nominations have been hit by a legal challenge.
Patrick Njuguna, a human rights activist, has filed a petition to stop parliament’s vetting and approval of Kericho Senator Charles Keter and Malindi MP Dan Kazungu’s nomination to Uhuru Kenyatta cabinet saying it would be contrary to the law.
“Njuguna claims that the nomination of the two to serve as cabinet secretaries by President Uhuru Kenyatta was against the constitution since the two are currently holding public office,” reads a report in The Standard on Thursday, December 10.
Besides contravening Article 152(3) of the Constitution that prohibits the appointment of MPs as cabinet secretaries, Njuguna added that Uhuru’s action was a deliberate insult to the doctrines of separation of powers and degrades the institution of parliament.
He further said that the two nominations would lead to misuse of public funds as the by-elections that will follow their approvals could cost about KSh 1 billion as estimated by the Independent Electorate and Boundaries Commission.
Another cabinet nominee, Sicily Kariuki, is also facing criticism for apparently asuming new roles as public service and youth affairs minister before vetting and parliamentary approval.
Kariuki, currently a principal secretary in the agriculture ministry, is said to have attended a breakfast meeting organised by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance in her capacity as a minister, a move that legal experts termed as inappropriate.