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The State House and the Public Service Commission have termed the list as fake.
This list, supposedly of 63 Kenyans nominated and appointed ambassadors and high commissioners, is FAKE.
The communication dated 9 June 2023, is purportedly signed by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Commission Felix Koskei.
“HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT has on this ninth day of June 2023 caused nominations and appointments of the senior ranks of the public service for persons to serve the nation as Ambassadors, Commissioners, and Permanent Representatives in Kenya’s Embassies/High Commissions/Missions abroad,” part of the press release reads.
Some of the people on the list include media personality Linda Ogutu, retired Kenyan footballer Macdonald Mariga, Tujibebe Party leader William Kabogo, and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.
We checked the official sources such as the Public Service Commission (PSC) website, Twitter account, and Facebook page to authenticate the legitimacy of the list. However, we found no evidence of such a list.
Besides, State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed, who typically shares presidential or PSC appointments on social media, did not share the list. No credible media outlet has reported on this issue.
PesaCheck contacted PSC head of Corporate Communications Browne Kutswa, who denounced the list as fake.
“The only person who is authorised to make such appointments is the President. That is a fake list. When the President appoints ambassadors he appoints directly,” Kutswa said by phone.
We also contacted State House Director of Public Communications Wanjohi Githae, who noted that the list is “fake”.
Another State House communications department official, Gerald Bitok, also flagged the list as fake.
“The general public is hereby notified that the document doing rounds on supposed Presidential diplomatic appointments is fake,” Bitok posted on Twitter.
Additionally, two individuals mentioned on the list, Mike Sonko and Linda Ogutu, have stated that the list is fake, as seen here and here.
According to Article 132 (2) (e) of the Kenyan constitution, the President nominates and, with the approval of the National Assembly, appoints high commissioners, ambassadors, and diplomatic or consular representatives.
The constitution specifies that these appointees serve a four-year term unless terminated. After the expiry of their term, the President may choose to either replace them or reappoint them.
The most recent appointment of 24 new ambassadors and high commissioners was on 22 April 2022, meaning their term will end on April 22, 2026.
We have in the past debunked a similar list.
PesaCheck has looked into a list, purportedly of 63 nominated and appointed ambassadors and high commissioners on social media, and found it to be FAKE.
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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.