Baringo Senator Gideon Moi elected chair of Senate ICT Committee

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has been elected as ICT committee chair in the Senate as the House embarks on voting respective chair and deputies to facilitate its oversight role in the 2nd session of the 12th Parliament.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Moi said that as a chair he will prioritize the Cybercrime bill in a bid to fight internet-related crimes in the country.

“We are going to look at the cybercrime bill, we want to fast-track that. We want to look into issues as to why infrastructure is not reaching our people, why in certain areas people are not benefiting from ICT.”Moi said.

Embu Senator Peter Njeru Ndwiga has also been elected Unopposed to chair the Agriculture Committee in the Senate.

Senator Njeru will be Deputised by Samburu Senator Lelegwe Itumbesi who was trounced by his closest challenger nominated senator Naomi Shimoga with three votes to be elected Vice Chair.

Ndwiga promised to ensure food security is enhanced in the country adding that he will ensure close collaboration with the national and county governments.

In the Land, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Mwangi Githiomi of Nyandarua was elected Chair unopposed.

Meanwhile, Baringo senator who is also the KANU chairman has said that he does not have a hand in Cabinet appointments being made by President  Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I was elected to do a job as a senator of Baringo, there are others elected to do that .everybody does his work,” Moi said.
He also refuted claims that at least two cabinet slots have been designated for him.
Moi said that there are no plans to have him in the cabinet of President Kenyatta insisting that even if he gets any cabinet slot he will decline after clinching the senatorial position in Baringo county to serve his people.
Deputy president William Ruto downplayed allegations that there is a split between him and president Kenyatta on cabinet slots urging Kenyans to give the president humble time to execute his mandate.
There have been speculations that differences have emerged between president Kenyatta and his deputy on the cabinet appointments as statehouse indicated that the incumbent cabinet secretaries who were not affected will carry on with their duties.