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“Let us improve our vetting system. According to the Constitution, you should not ask anyone about the sexual orientation or family status since any form of discrimination is outlawed under the Bills of Rights,” said Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyong’o in Parliament.
The minister suggested that members of committees that vet candidates for public jobs, should be taken through the Bill
Nominated MP Millie Odhiambo was expelled from stormy session of Parliament.
of Rights so that they do not ask questions that perpetuate discrimination, while making his submission during a session to approve the nomination of Dr Willy Mutunga, Nancy Baraza and Keriako Tobiko to the positions of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions respectively.
Other MPs supported the call for a vetting law to guide committees so that candidates are not subjected to unnecessary questions.
During the same session, Nominated MP Millie Odhiambo found herself on the receiving end of MPs anger when she said 15 per cent of Kenyans including MPs are gays and lesbians.
Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim expelled her from Parliament for two days after she adamantly refused to withdraw and apologise, choosing to stand by her statement.
“It’s unfair to ask a man whether he is gay. Do you know what it does to his family or how much it hurts to ask a man if he is gay?” said Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo who supported Nyong’o sentiments.
This prompted Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire to stand on a point of order to justify why she asked Mutunga whether he was gay. “If what has just happened in the House following Millie’s allegations is anything to go by, then you see the need that was there for Mutunga to clear the air. In fact I knew he was straight,” she said.
Parliament approved the nomination of the three.