The National Assembly Defense Committee has asked President Kenyatta’s nominee for Kenya’s High Commissioner in Seoul, South Korea, Mwende Mwinzi, to first renounce her US citizenship before taking up the job.

The committee approved Ms. Mwinzi’s nomination as the Kenyan High Commissioner to South Korea.

In a report tabled before Parliament on Tuesday, the House team however asked the nominee to first renounce her US citizenship as provided in the Integrity Act.

“The committee recommends that Ms. Mwinzi be appointed subject to renouncing her US citizenship,” part of the report reads.

During her vetting by the House team, Ms. Mwinzi explained that she was born in the US but she chose to be a Kenyan.

“I was born in the US but I belong to Kenya. You can choose where to belong but you cannot choose where to be born.”

“I am a Kenyan through and through. I speak fluent Kamba and Kiswahili,” she stated.


She further asserted that her loyalty lies with Kenya and had participated in more Kenyan elections than the American ones.

She unsuccessfully contested for Mwingi West parliamentary seat on a Jubilee Party ticket in the last elections.

“I am humbled by the warmth the people of Mwingi West have received me with. If you remember, I have been working with many of them in the last 10 to 15 years and so I am not a stranger.”

“I want to make a difference in the quality of our people’s lives. I have done this from out there and I will do it in there,” she stated during her campaigns.