Former journalist and CS nominee Farida Karoney evades TV switch off question

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Four Cabinet Secretary nominees today faced the parliamentary vetting panel following their appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

First to face the vetting panel was former head of Public Service Professor Margaret Kobia nominee for the Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs docket.

Kobia was put to task over the low number of youths in the public sector, a matter which she explained that emanated following the government’s failure to hire for a long time.

Also vetted was veteran journalist Farida Karoney nominee for Urban Planning who tactically evaded the TV switch off question posed by one of the panel members.

The first question was however canceled by Speaker Justin Muturi who described it as irrelevant.

The second question on digital switch off was asked by Kimani wa Ichungwa who asked her how she failed to manage the frosty relationship between the media that led to the TV switch off.

Majority leader Aden Duale also asked how she will handle the emotive subject of squatters and the digitisation of land services.

“Your predecessors James Orengo, Charity Ngilu and Joseph Kaimenyi failed on the digitisation of land services, why should we believe you?” asked Majority leader Aden Duale.

Farida however explained that she will first conduct an audit exercise of the systems and then ensure that she digitises all the 37 registries that have not yet been digitized.

Cabinet nominee John Munyes nominee for Mining and Pteroleum and Ambassador Monica Juma for Foreign affairs were also vetted.


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