Mwende Mwinzi appointment has been questioned after President Kenyatta ignored Parliament’s rejection of her credentials.
Mr. Vincent Tuwei demanded for a statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the leader of Majority Amos Kimunya.
He insisted that Mwende refused to honor the House’s directive and thus the executive has to find a replacement.
Tuwei sought confirmation if she (Mwende) had reported to her appointed office in Seoul on 17th February 2021. He also sought clarification on whether she had renounced her U.S citizenship as the Moitalel Committee directed.
Mr. Tuwei threatened that Parliament will not allocate funds to Seoul if the house resolution on Mwende was never implemented.
The Moitalel House Committee rejected Mwende’s appointment in a house resolution tabled on 6th June 2019. Lawmakers referred to Section 31(1) of Leadership and Integrity Act barring persons with dual citizenship from holding State offices.
Mwende Mwinzi was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to an American mother, a Kenyan Father and married a Nigerian.
She moved to court and got a victory in a ruling that read she couldn’t renounce her birth acquired citizenship.
The Kenyan-American reported to her new job in Seoul where she presented her credentials to the South Korean President. Two years after her nomination, she reported on the 17th February 2021 to her new office in Seoul South Korea.
Mutua Kilonzo (Senator Makueni) said her appointment bears huge implications and that parliament’s concerns are valid. He further noted that her appointment means anyone with dual citizenship can apply for any post in Kenya.
Otiende Amollo (MP Rarieda) noted that Mwinzi’s appointment went against Parliament’s rejection and for the obvious reasons stated. Her appointment and approval despite the constitution is unlawful.
After the court ruling last October, House Speaker Justine Muturi briefly suggested that the decision was the presidents. He noted that the matter was still pending before the house and directed Moitalel to file a notice of motion.
Once done the matter can be debated on Tuesday next week, he also added that the committee could recall Mwinzi if Necessary.the committee to recall Mwinzi, if necessary