Kenya: The National Assembly has approved the nomination of Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery as Interior Cabinet Secretary, paving the way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to formally appoint him.
Nkaissery was given a nod after the Committee on Appointments chaired by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi tabled its report yesterday afternoon.
The 26-member committee observed Nkaissery has a wealth of experience in the military, having been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1973 and rose to the ranks of Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Brigadier and Major General before retiring in 2002.
While tabling the report, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Nkaissery had satisfied the requirements of Chapter six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity and was cleared by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Kenya Revenue Authority.
The committee noted that Nkaissery had exhibited impressive knowledge of topical issues touching on the Interior docket and has the requisite qualifications and experience.
“The committee found the nominee suitable for appointment as the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government,” said Mr Duale.
Minority Leader Francis Nyenze while seconding the report, told Nkaissery to implement the recommendations as outlined in his thesis regarding threats to Kenya’s internal security.
“Nkaissery is a life member of ODM and CORD but more importantly, I urge Nkaissery if he is formally appointed, to restore security and order in the country,” said Mr Nyenze.
He said the problem with security in Kenya is not the absence of laws, but corruption among police officers, adding that police live in squalid conditions and earn meagre salaries that make them vulnerable to graft.
“Police and the National Intelligence Service should collect enough information on security threats and stop them before they happen,” said Nyenze.
But Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter while standing on a point of order claimed he had read the mood of the House that there was no need for further contribution in the debate of approving Nkaissery’s name.
The House then called the mover of the motion twice before approving Joseph Nkaissery to head the Interior ministry.