Parliament approves Serem appointment as China envoy despite Duale threat
Majority Leader Aden Duale’s threat to teach Sarah Serem “a lesson” seems to have been just that, a threat, after Parliament approved all nine ambassadorial nominees.
The threat stemmed from claims of Serem cutting down MPs’ benefits during her tenure as chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
But the Parliamentary Defense Committee’s approval now paves way for Serem to head to China. She was approved alongside other eight envoys nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to represent the country in different foreign missions.
Among the nine include former Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro who will now serve as Kenya’s ambassador to Malaysia, while ex-State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu is set to represent the country in the United Kingdom.
Former chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Ms. Sarah Serem will now be Kenya’s envoy to China while Lt. Gen. Samuel Thuita, the former Kenya Air Force Commander, will move to Israel.
Below is the full list of Kenya’s new envoys and their respective stations:
Ms. Sarah Serem – China
Lt. Gen. Samuel Thuita – Israel
Mr. Francis Ndegwa Muhoro – Malaysia
Mr. Manoah Esipisu – United Kingdom
Mr. Paddy Ahenda – Qatar
Amb. Peter Nicholas Oginga Ogego – Saudi Arabia
Mr. Johnson Kimani Ondieki – Turkey
Mr. Chris Karumba Mburu – Juba, South Sudan
Hon. Benjamin Langat – Namibia