By Cyrus Ombati
Details of why Prime Minister Raila Odinga rejected the list of nominees to the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) have emerged with individuals at the Office of the President being accused of mischief.
Communication between the two offices before the names were forwarded to Parliament shows two sets of nominees who both claim had been agreed on.
According to one of the letters to the Clerk of the National Assembly, OP had on March 6 written to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) proposing Johnston Kavuludi as the chairman, Lawrence Nyale, Esther Chui Colombini, Bernard Mbai, Muia Mutia and Mary Awuor as members.
The OPM wrote back on March 7, saying the PM did not have any objection to the names.
However, the OP replaced some of the names and attached the PMâs letter saying he had no objection and forwarded a different list to Parliament.
Nominees who the OP forwarded to Parliament on March 7 included Ms Amina Masoud as the chairperson (not in original list), Esther Chui Colombini, Ronald Musengi (not in original list), James Atema (not in original list), Muia Mutia and Mary Awuor.
This prompted the PM to object to the list, saying there had been no consultations in regard to the second list.
"While the said letter from the Office of the President alluded to consultations between the President and the Prime Minister, no such consultations took place with regard to the revised list," said part of a letter written to the Clerk of the House.
Further, the PMâs letter to the Clerk dated April 19 says none of the nominees forwarded to the House meets the requirement of being an advocate as required by the Constitution.
The letter is copied to the chairman of the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security Fred Kapondi.