Ambassadorial nominees vetted as Serem defends pay review

Kenya’s ambassadorial nominee to China, Sarah Serem, has refuted claims from MPs that the review of pay for public servants during her tenure at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) was skewed against legislators. Appearing before national assembly’s Defense and Foreign Relations Committee, the former SRC Chairperson defended her former position saying the salary cuts were informed by the need to check on ballooning wage bill in the public service as well as an impartial job evaluation exercise conducted by the commission. Serem said most public servants were affected by the salary harmonization but MPs were vocal about their dissatisfaction because of their platform as politicians.

Former Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro nominated to be ambassador to Malaysia had to dispel a memorandum filed by lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi who had asked MPs to reject Ndegwa on basis that he wanted him dead. The former DCI Director committed to focus on enhancing trade ties between Malaysia and Kenya. On his part former Statehouse Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu nominated as United Kingdom’s ambassador, also got the chance to convince members of his suitability. Belgut MP Nelson Koech had accused the former state house spokesman of using his former office to solicit money for presidential activities that were already budgeted for.

Other ambassadorial nominees vetted include former Kasipul Kabondo MP Paddy Ahenda who will safeguard the country’s interests in Qatar and retired Lieutenant General Samuel Thuita who will be heading to Israel if approved