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Nominees:Tobiko's approval divides MPs

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The future of judicial reform and implementation of the new laws hangs in the balance tomorrow when a report on three nominees to constitutional offices is tabled in Parliament.

The Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) meets this morning to complete the report, which will ask Parliament to endorse the three, but chairman Muhamad Abdikadir said it will not include a dissenting annex or opinion by any of its members opposed to its endorsement of Keriako Tobiko’s nomination.

Of the three, it is the nomination of Tobiko as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that dominated the media last week due to the hearings by CIOC. MPs supporting Tobiko’s nomination are now threatening to block Dr Willy Mutunga and Ms Nancy Barasa, the nominees for CJ and Deputy CJ respectively, if he is blocked.

But a group opposed to Tobiko’s nomination also plans to table an amendment for his name to be axed from the CIOC report. Last week, the committee overwhelmingly approved Dr Mutunga and Ms Barasa’s names, but was split evenly across party lines over Tobiko, with 11 for and 11 against and one abstention.

ODM has a majority in the 27-member committee, but the matter was not a party issue between it and PNU, and so the voting in the committee did not reflect party allegiances. However, four ODM MPs did not attend, with two of them out of the country on other business....Should Tobiko be confirmed ? more info click http://eastafricaradiousa.com/blog/?p=5663

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