Presidential appointee for Commission on Revenue Allocation to face parliament for approval

Alongside her, already President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated seven other commissioners to the agency.

 

Kiringai, who is currently a senior economist at the World Bank Kenya office, was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta early this month to succeed Micah Cheserem. The six-year-term for the incumbent expired on December 31, 2016.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker of the Joyce Laboso directed the House Committee to carry out the approval hearing and submit its report on her suitability.

The report would later be discussed in parliament during the Wednesday sitting.

Track record

Prior to her present engagement, Kiringai has once worked as a policy analyst with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, Macroeconomic Division.

During her tenure, she undertook extensive research on macroeconomic policy, international trade and poverty, taxation, public expenditure management tracking and efficiency.

Alongside her, already President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated seven other commissioners to the agency. The agency’s key mandate is to equally share out the national resources between the national government and the now 47 county governments.

New team

The president nominated a former political detainee Prof Edward Oyugi, Peter Njeru Gachuba, assistant director at Kenya School of Monetary Studies Kishaanto Ole Suuji and Irene Koech Asienga among the new commissioners.

In addition, he also nominated a community work specialist Fauza Abdikadir Dahir, business development expert Humphrey Wattanga, National Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and University of Nairobi’s Economist Prof. Peter Kiko Kimuyu.

Interest capping dialogue

In her recent appearance in the limelight, Kiringai underscored that the capping of interest law in Kenya would spell a retarded growth the economy and called on the need to regulate the law.

“To sustain Kenya’s growth momentum over the medium term, it will be important to manage risks that may arise,” Jane Kiringai, World Bank's senior economist said during the the economic update for Kenya launched by World Bank in November last year.

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