Parliament opposes the decision by the committee on appointments to reject Peninah Malonza’s nomination as Tourism Cabinet Secretary.
The National Assembly has approved President William Ruto’s 24 Cabinet Secretary nominees, paving way for their appointment to the cabinet.
The parliament however, rejected the National Assembly Committee on Appointments move to declare Tourism and Wildlife CS nominee Peninah Malonza as unsuitable for the role.
Ms. Malonza was deemed unfit by the committee, which is presided over by Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, claiming the former deputy governor of Kitui did not demonstrate a grasp of the issues at hand.
However, MPs onTuesday ganged up against the report, castigating the committee for what they said was unfairly targeting Peninah Malonza’s nomination.
They contended that Ms. Malonza possessed the moral character and background in business necessary to manage such an office.
Kitui Woman Representative Irene Kasalu rose to move a motion for the house to approve the nominee.
Kasalu, while moving the motion described Malonza as bold and a person of unquestionable integrity.
“In view of the house decision today and the approval of the appointment of Peinah Malonza as the CS for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage and the requirement for an unequivocal decision of the National Assembly on such matters, I beg to move that pursuant to the provisions of article 122 (2) of the constitution and section 3 and 8 of the Public Appointments Act of 2011, that this House approves the appointment of Peninah Malonza as the CS Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage,” she stated.
The motion was seconded by Endebess Member of Parliament Dr. Robert Pukose.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula put the question to the members on the rejection of Malonza as unanimously proposed by the committee.
However, the members through an acclamation vote overturned the rejection of Malonza.