The nomination of former Meru Governor Peter Munya to the Cabinet faces fresh hurdles after an affidavit questioning his suitability was filed yesterday. The affidavit filed by Kennedy Lubengu raises queries on Munya’s performance during his tenure as a governor.
The Committee on Appointments closed the doors for petitioners yesterday noon having received only a handful of affidavits ahead of the vetting exercise that kicks off today. But it was good news for the nominee for the Environment docket Keriako Tobiko whose appointment was endorsed in a memorandum submitted by the National Civil Society Congress.
Lubengu claims Munya is not fit to hold office and serve in the position of Cabinet secretary for East African Community and Northern Corridor. The petitioner says Munya was among the 175 individuals implicated in graft and his name forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Munya, he writes in the affidavit filed with the Clerk of the National Assembly, that Uhuru directed all those mentioned in the report, whether Cabinet, principals secretaries or those in the counties step aside pending conclusion of the investigations of the allegations levelled against them.
Munya was adversely mentioned in the report and was accused of, among other things, abuse of office and misuse of public funds on fuel, service and repair of a private vehicle.
Lubengu in the affidavit says Munya snubbed summons by the Senate to explain the huge misuse of funds as pinpointed by the Auditor General. The petitioner has also cited a case whereby Munya refused to take any action against Finance, executive despite allegations of financial improprieties against him. NCSC appreciates the role Tobiko played in the Constitution- making process.
In the memorandum signed by Suba Churchill, Tobiko is hailed for the role he played in reforming the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The congress observes that under Tobiko, the ODPP has enhanced access to justice, institutional reforms and restructuring, improved professionalism in the provision of prosecution services.