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Message from the President (NO. 05 of 2014) on the nomination of persons to be appointed as Ambassadors and High commissioners

Honorable Members,

In accordance with Standing Order 42, I wish to convey that I have received a Message from the President regarding nomination of the following persons as Ambassadors and High Commissioners-

New Appointees

  1. Amb. Prof. Sam Ongeri UN Habitat
  2. Amb. Chirau Ali. Mwakwere Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
  3. Hon. Robinson Githae Washington DC, USA
  4. Hon. Kiema Kilonzo Ankara, Turkey
  5. Mr. Richard Opembe Dublin, Ireland
  6. Mr. Mohammud Mohamed Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  7. Ms. Lucy Chelimo Ottawa, Canada
  8. Dr. George Masafu Kinshasa, DRC
  9. Prof. Julius Bitok Khartoum, Sudan
  10. Mr. Joseph Magut Berlin, Germany
  11. Mr. Isaac Njenga Windhoek, Namibia
  12. Mr. Sheikh Dor Muscat, Oman
  13. Ms. Sophie Kadzo Kombo Lusaka, Zambia
  14. Maj. General (Rtd) Jeoff Otieno-Cairo, Egypt
  15. Dr. Stephen Ndungu Karau -Geneva, Switzerland
  16. Ms. Rukia Subow -Tehran, Iran

Other Ambassadors in Missions

  1. Amb. Mohamed Gello - Seoul, Korea
  2. Amb. Jean Kamau - Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Amb. Josephat Maikara - Luanda, Angola

Ambassadors in Headquarters

  1. Amb. Lazarus Ombayi, Amayo - London, United Kingdom
  2. Amb. John Lanyasunya - Algiers, Algeria
  3. Amb. Solomon Karanja Maina - Tokyo, Japan
  4. Amb. Ali Abbas - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Newly Appointed Diplomat

  1. Mr. Richard Lemoshira - Harare, Zimbabwe

Hon. Members you will note that this is the first time that the approval of the National Assembly is being sought for appointment of diplomats to serve in our Mission abroad. The question that comes into mind is whether all the twenty four nominees will now require the approval of the National Assembly, given that some of them may have been serving diplomats. Indeed, I am informed that three of the nominees are currently serving in missions abroad, while four, who had served as ambassadors before, are currently public officers serving in the headquarters, Nairobi. It is also possible that some of the persons who have served as diplomats may have been appointed under the provisions of the previous Constitution. But even if that was the case, Article 132 (2) (e) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides that-

"The President shall nominate and, with the approval of the National Assembly, appoint and may dismiss- ...(e) high commissioners, ambassador and diplomatic ad consular representatives"

Hon. Members, Section (2) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011, defines the word "appointment" to include any re-appointment to the same body, whether or not in the same capacity. Article 259 of the Constitution provides that the Constitution shall be interpreted in a manner that promotes its purposes, values, and principles and that contributes to good governance. Further, the Article requires that the Constitution be construed according to the doctrine of interpretation that the law is always speaking.

In my view therefore, the spirit of the Constitution as read together with the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011 require that all persons being nominated for appointment to the offices High Commission, Ambassador and Diplomatic and Consular Representatives, be vetted by the National Assembly. In this regard Hon. Members, the nominations of all the nominees now stands referred to the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations for Consideration in accordance with the provisions of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011 and report to the House for consideration.

Thank you!



August 21, 2014

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