Senate now want exclusive mandate on vetting state nominees

The Senate has proposed the splitting of roles on the vetting and approval of State nominees by the President before the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) steering committee.

Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and his Minority counterpart James Orengo presented a proposed Draft Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill by the Senate.

In the draft proposal, the Senate recommended an exclusive mandate to vet nominees for the positions of Director of Public Prosecutions, Chairpersons and Members of Constitutional Commissions, Chief Justice, and Deputy Chief Justice.

Also, the Senate wants exclusive rights to vet the Auditor-General, Inspector-General of the National Police Service and Controller of Budget.

The National assembly, on the other hand, will vet Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney-General, Secretary to the Cabinet, Principal Secretaries, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, and Diplomatic and Consular Representatives.

Vetting and approval of State nominees is currently the exclusive mandate of the National Assembly.