President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated former nominated Senator from Wajir Halima Abdille as an ambassordor. Abdille has been nominated as Kenya’s Ambassador to Kuwait. Halima was one of the youngest legislators in the senate in the 12th parliament. In a memorandum submitted to the National Assembly by the clerk, her name alongside Ms Purity Muhindi (Dakar), Jackline Yoga (Rome), Lamarun Ole kaanto (Berlin) Andrew Kihurani (Bern) and Amb. Barine Mugendi (Accra) for parliamentary approval. Halima Abdile, the former nominated legislator missed on her previous nomination August last year to the SRC as a commissioner after parliament rejected her for ”lack of experience and requisite qualifications as stipulated in the SRC Act”.
In the last appointment where the president nominated 12 nominees, concerned citizens questioned the rational of what they termed ”skewed appointments” that was viewed as rewarding political cronies and friends at the expense of the country’s interest. A senior career diplomat who spoke to NFD Dispatch on condition of anonymity said that it was unprecedented to nominate a non Muslim to Saudi Arabia for example where some places like the two Holy Cities are out of bound for non-Muslims. The diplomat said the ministry had to send other people to the stations to represent the ambassador in case he was barred for religious reasons. ”This will impede the flexibility of the ambassador and hurt the country’s interest in those countries” said the diplomat.