The National Assembly has approved the nomination of 27 persons as Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Permanent Representatives of the Republic to various foreign missions.
The House voted to adopt a Report of the Departmental Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations that had recommended the approval of all the ambassadorial nominees following conclusion of the approval hearings (vetting) last week.
Committee Chairperson, Hon. Nelson Koech (Belgut) who moved the motion for adoption of the Report noted that the nominees had exhibited excellent mastery of diplomacy in different spheres that are strategic to the Country’s interests in the destinations they have been nominated for posting to.
“All the nominees met the integrity threshold; demonstrated knowledge of topical, administrative and technical issues touching on the positions to which they had been nominated,”
said Hon. Koech.
Committee Vice Chair Hon Major (Rtd.) Bashir Abdullah noted that a majority of the nominees were career diplomats, which marked a critical departure from tradition where politicians dominated ambassadorial positions.
“This actually made the Committee’s work very easy because they were composed and exhibited excellent understanding of diplomatic issues we sought answers about ,”
said Hon. Bashir.
The 27 now await formal appointment by the President for posting to their respective destinations.