Why NASA wants MPs made cabinet ministers

Referendum in first 100 days

NASA principals in Nakuru during their rally at Afraha stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017. PHOTO: RITA DAMARY/THE STAR

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has come up with a number of proposals that will see Members of Parliament appointed as Cabinet Secretaries.

The coalition plans to hold a national referendum within 100 days of assuming office in order to adopt a Parliamentary system of government and have cabinet ministers appointed from Parliament.

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Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. He is one of the politicians who were made CSs. PHOTO: DAILY POST

This move is meant to bring forth a major shift in the way the government will be run, one that will bring an end to technocrats in Cabinet.

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The Opposition reckons the present Cabinet is weak as currently structured, mostly because the ministers are not politicians, and wants to see ministers answer queries in Parliament.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first Cabinet which is the first to be fully guided by the new constitution, initially comprised mainly technocrats, but has seen politicians slowly creeping in as he pushes to appoint ministers from Parliament.

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Currently, a Cabinet Secretary is not a Member of Parliament and has to be vetted by a parliamentary committee and endorsed by the House before being appointment.

The Opposition in its governance structure overhaul plan, seeks to prioritise and campaign for a countrywide popular vote to effect the new changes.

This is because changing a system of government requires a national referendum because it touches on the structure of governance.

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