President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his disappointment with the rejection of Interior Permanent Secretary Monica Juma’s nomination by MPs for Secretary to the Cabinet on Thursday
In a statement sent on his behalf by State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, Uhuru said the rejection of her nomination “is the spurning of a public servant whose performance has consistently delivered professionalism, integrity and commitment to the duties of government and the well being of Kenyans.”
“In fact, the reasons cited by the Parliamentary Committee, that vetted her for their rejection, reflected her professional and correct demand that proper procedures be followed in the efficient delivery of public services,” Uhuru said.
He said her nomination was informed by the distinction and success she has earned serving the nation as an Ambassador to Ethiopia and, Permanent Representative to the African Union, Defence PS, and in her current position as Interior PS.
“Amb. Dr Juma led important reforms at the Interior Ministry, streamlining the functions of County Commissioners, and ensuring that grassroots government officials, such as chiefs, consistently received the funding they required to support their work. She was closely involved in the national governmentâ€™s initiative to bring mobility to these public servants,” Uhuru added.
Uhuru said that he is “deeply disappointed” that the National Assembly chose to reject her despite acknowledging that she is highly qualified and competent.
“That action denies the President, and the nation, the service of an officer who would have been central to the Jubilee administrationâ€™s transformation agenda,”
MPs voted against the Interior PS’s nomination as Secretary to the Cabinet. Juma’s nomination was rejected by 163 MPs and supported by 55, Speaker Justin Muturi concluded on Thursday following shouting matches by MPs. The MPs debated a report by the National Assembly Administration and National Security Committee that recommended the rejection.
The MPs rejected Juma citing high levels of disrespect in a letter she reportedly wrote asking politicians to keep off her office.
Tiaty MP Asman Kamama, who chairs the committee, said Juma lacks the practicality to resolve issues.
“She displayed arrogance and insensitivity to the needs and concerns of the public and their elected leaders,” he said.
Source: The Star