The team vetting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nine nominees to the Cabinet starts its meetings to write its report to the National Assembly Saturday morning, leaving two steps to their approval or rejection by MPs.

Speaker Justin Muturi, chairman of the Committee on Appointments, said the team would meet Saturday and Sunday and if necessary Monday to write up its report and make recommendations ahead of the resumption of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

On the second day of vetting, the nominees laid out their credentials and attempted to beat away claims lodged against them.

Former Director of Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko cited achievements during his tenure in the job, his academic credentials and experience in private practice as reasons he is a good fit for secretary for Environment and Forestry docket.

Asked why he left his post as the first DPP under the new Constitution and he did not go for something presumably higher, he said: “I have been behind closed doors with very minimal ground interaction. This offers me the greatest opportunity to be out, to be visible and to do actual work. I have been in these line ministries for too long. It is time to change course.”

His nomination had been challenged by a Thika woman who has been charged once, acquitted and is now facing another charge and the former DPP said he had not handled that case personally.

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