Peninah Malonza, Ruto’s nominee for the position of Tourism CS unanimously rejected by the vetting team
Peninah Malonza’s nomination as secretary of tourism was rejected by the House Committee on Appointments (CoA) by a unanimous vote.
A minority report from Azimio MPs led by Junet Mohamed, which was included in the vetting report submitted on Tuesday, also calls for the rejection of Public Service CS nominee Aisha Jumwa and her Agriculture counterpart Mithika Linturi.
However, all 23 other members of President William Ruto’s Cabinet received approval from the vetting committee, which was led by Speaker Moses Wetang’ula.
The announcement was made after submissions made by the leader of the Majority Kimani Ichung’wah, who affirmed that the committee had resolved to reject the CS nominee.
“Pursuant to the provisions of Article 152 (2), 154 (2), and 156 (2) of the Constitution and Sections 3 and 8 of the Public Appointment Act (2011) this house rejects the appointment of the honourable Peninah Malonza OGW as the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Wildlife and Heritage,” Ichung’wah noted.
In the report by the Vetting Committee, they moved that Malonza lacked did not satisfy them with her responses to some of the questions put before her during the vetting.
“The nominee did not demonstrate knowledge of topical, administrative, and technical issues touching on the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage.
“Consequently, she lacks the requisite abilities and experience to serve as the Cabinet Secretary,” the report read in part.
Notably, the report from the committee is not final as members of the NA assembly will still debate and vote for or against nominees in a secret ballot.