Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has now been given 10 days to establish and report to MPs on when Ms Mwende Mwinzi, Kenya’s envoy-designate to Seoul, South Korea, intends to renounce her US citizenship before she takes up her appointment.
The National Assembly’s Committee on Appointments, meeting Thursday afternoon, directed the minister to contact Ms Mwinzi after it was established that she had not taken up the appointment, contrary to claims.
Endebess MP Robert Pukose had claimed on the floor of the House that Ms Mwinzi had already taken up the appointment without renouncing her US citizenship, forcing House Speaker Justin Muturi to order the committee, chaired by Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta, to undertake the inquiry.
Dr Pukose did not turn up to pursue his claims. But when Dr Juma appeared before the committee yesterday, she said that none of the envoys-designate had taken up their appointments.
“The ministry has received the appointment letters of all the designate envoys except Ms Mwinzi. This is in respect to the decision of the National Assembly approving the nominees. Claims that she has already taken up her appointment are untrue,” she said.
“No one has left because the ministry is not yet done with the administrative processes- we are currently preparing a dispatch of all designates but I must admit that Ms Mwinzi’s case is unprecedented,” she said.
In June this year, the House approved the report of the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee approving the appointment of all the nominees but with a caveat that Ms Mwinzi renounces her US citizenship in line with the constitution.