Kithure Kindiki Forgets ID Card During Parliament Vetting

The former Tharaka Nithi senator explained that he left the crucial document at home, citing miscommunication from the committee.

Kithure Kindiki Forgets ID Card During Parliament Vetting
Kithure Kindiki at the Supreme Court during the presidential petition. /ZAKHEEM RAJAN

Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Kithure Kindiki provided the earliest blooper of the National Assembly Committee on Appointments for vetting when he failed to submit his national identity (ID) card.

Speaking to the Committee on Tuesday, October 18, the former Tharaka Nithi senator explained that he left the crucial document at home, citing miscommunication from the committee.

He nonetheless expressed that the matter was being taken care of when he sent his aide to get it from his house. Kindiki still brought the rest of the documents with him.

"I forgot my ID but I have sent for it and it is on the way," he stated.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula during the vetting of Cabinet Secretary nominees on October 17, 2022. /NATIONAL ASSEMBLY KE

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula urged him to have the document present for purposes of verification, given how important this exercise is.

"Kindly confirm that you will avail your ID today," Wetangula inquired to which Kindiki confirmed. 

Among the documents required for submission during the vetting include; ID, academic certificates, and clearance certificates from key institutions such as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and the police.

Kithure Kindiki Net Worth

During the vetting, Kindiki revealed that his net worth is Ksh544 million, derived from various sources of income.

"At the moment I am an advocate at the High Court where I practise Law.

"I am also a business person running a number of businesses, SMEs and I'm also a consultant for local and international organisations," he stated. 

Kindiki broke down his assets behind the source of income, disclosing his investments in shares and in real estate among his biggest financial contributors.

"It's made up of land and buildings of around Ksh165 million, bank deposits of about Ksh50 million, investment in shares, and deposits in five different saccos," he noted. 

Kindiki detailed his extensive resume covering the career profession while affirming that he was the right candidate for the Interior Cabinet Secretary job, one of the most critical in the whole country as it deals with matters of security, among others.

"I have practised law for 22 years and I am listed in the list of counsel licenced to practise law at the International Criminal Court," he explained.

He was however backed to a wall by National Assembly Majority leader, Kimani Ichung'wah with regard to his stellar academic credentials, expressing fear that they could be his undoing when running operations.

"Prof. Kindiki you'll forgive me but your predecessor also came from academia like yourself, and we've seen him exercise power with a lot of hubris and arrogance, especially towards members of parliament, even in committees like this one," Ichung'wa posed. 

Kindiki responded by stating that he would operate with humility and submit to authority to execute his mandate.

He was the first CS nominee to appear during the vetting, with others such as Moses Kuria (Trade), Aisha Jumwa (Gender) and Njunguna Ndung'u (Treasury) expected to appear today.

Already vetted CS nominees include Aden Duale (Defence), Alice Wahome (Water and Sanitation) and former Machakos governor Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs) as well as Attorney General nominee Justin Muturi and Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi.

Schedule for the vetting of CS nominees at the National Assembly on October 18, 2022. /NATIONAL ASSEMBLY KE