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The Raila Odinga-led coalition has directed its MPs not to approve CSs designate with active criminal cases in court.

The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party has maintained that it shall direct its MPs to withhold the approval of CSs with active criminal cases who were nominated by President William Ruto.

In a press statement read out by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday, September 30, the party said that the Cabinet selection by the Head of State was questionable.

Azimio added that the selection by the Head of State was not done procedurally on the basis of competencies and personal integrity.

“The selection of Cabinet secretaries, some of which have active criminal cases is questionable. This was not procedurally done, on the basis of competencies and personal integrity, and we shall direct our MPs to withhold approval of those who do not meet the Chapter Six threshold of our Constitution,” read part of the statement.

Kalonzo Musyoka and other Azimio leaders during a press conference on Friday, September 30, 2022.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition party further poked holes into the cabinet selection maintaining that it was contrary to the promise made by the president during the campaign period.

The Head of State had promised during the campaign period to give 50 percent of Cabinet positions to women.

“On 27th September, the Ruto administration unveiled their choices of Cabinet secretaries. Of the total number, only seven women were named, contrary to the campaign promise of a 50:50 Cabinet,” Azimio stated.

Meanwhile, among the cabinet secretaries designate with active cases in court are former Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and former Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

President Ruto nominated Jumwa as the CS for Public Service and Gender, while Linturi was nominated as the Agriculture CS.