Vetting of cabinet nominees kicks off
The vetting of the cabinet nominees kicked off Thursday morning with Ann Waiguru nominee for the Devolution and Planning appearing first before the parliamentary select committee panel.
Second was her counterpart Raychelle Omamo of Defense who also appeared to defend her credentials before the committee chaired by National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi.
Ms Waiguru told the panel that her office will spearhead the spirit of devolution by ensuring that counties are well capacitated with enough resources to enable them transacts their business independently.
She promised to champion for reforms touching on devolution to ensure that the locals are well represented in the county level as well as in the central government.
She also expressed the need for engaging public participation in the planning, designing and implementation of various policies of development.
Waiguru has an academic background and experience in economic and public policy. She holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi, and, has specialized experience in public finance, financial management systems, public service reform and capacity building, and, governance.
Ms Waiguru is the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National Treasury. She served briefly as a Senior Public Sector Manager/ Assistant Vice President, at Citigroup NA. Previously, Ms. Waiguru served as a Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Office of the President. This position was initially seconded by the World Bank (DC).
In the last two years, Ms Waiguru has led her IFMIS team at the National Treasury to win three Awards for exemplary performance in the Public Service. She was also nominated two years ago, as one of the Top 40 Under 40 women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public service.
Ms. Waiguru has been published, and has served as the Alternate to the Permanent Secretary/National Treasury in the Public Procurement oversight Authority Advisory Board, and, the Women Enterprise Fund Board. Ms Waiguru is a proud mother of three sons, Ian, Don and Wabu aged seventeen (17), fourteen (14) and nine (9) respectively.
The Defense nominee Ms Omamo told the panel that she will embrace dialogue with the Uganda government over the Migingo island dispute saying that there is need to ascertain factual boundaries in the Kenyan borders.
She also said that that there was need flexibility in reviewing some policies to enhance proactively of Kenya Defense force in responding to security threats.
Amb.RaychelleOmamo is a Senior Counsel, has been an Advocate of the High Court of 27 years standing.
She was the First Woman Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya and First woman Ambassador of Kenya to France, Portugal, The Holy See and the Republic of Serbia and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Kenya to UNESCO.
Raychelle has made substantial contribution to the advancement of the rule of law in Kenya and to the development of legislation and policy.