Senators have demanded an apology from Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei after he publicly called out Senate Speaker Amason Kingi over a diplomatic blunder.
The senators were referring to Sing’oei’s statement on his X account, formerly Twitter, where he reiterated the role of Parliament in foreign relations after Kingi acknowledged the Embassy of Somaliland, throwing Kenya into a diplomatic tiff with Somalia.
Speaking on the floor of the house on Thursday, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina opined that the actions of the PS were disrespectful to the Senate and the Speaker.
He wondered why the PS had to call out the Speaker, emphasising that Parliament also played an oversight role in Kenya’s diplomatic agenda.
Speaker Amason Kingi addressing the Senate on April 26, 2023.
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“The same committee of Foreign relations should summon Korir Sing’oei to come and explain why he took to social media to castigate the speaker of this House,” the Senator commented.
Ole Kina’s statements were also echoed by Senate Minority Leader Stewart Madzayo who questioned why a senior Executive member deemed it fit to call out the Speaker who he described as the country’s fourth in command.
However, despite the calls to have the PS issue an apology, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale leaped to the PS’s defence observing that nothing was wrong with the statement issued by Sing’oei.
According to Khalwale, Korir may have raised his concerns after Kingi’s statement caused a diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia.
“He did not attack the Senate. He did not attack the speaker. He spoke to the mandate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also emphasised the oversight role of Parliament in matters of international relationships,”
Kingi deleted the tweet after being called out by the PS. He is, however, yet to speak on the PS’s reaction to his statement.
Meanwhile, the PS has maintained that the Ministry will continue to ensure that the country’s foreign policy is not misrepresented.
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale speaking to supporters on August 26, 2023.