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Consumer body launches petition to save Monica Juma

12 June 2015, 16:05 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Consumer Federation of Kenya COFEK has launched a petition to overturn the revocation of Monica Juma's nomination as Secretary to the Cabinet.

COFEK says that the move by members of Parliament to revoke the nomination was done in disregard of the qualifications of the nominee and for reasons that are not supported constitutionally.

The body has thus sent the petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta for consideration.

" Our Petition herein is grounded on the basis of Article 1(1) of the Constitution which states (1) “All sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and shall be exercised only in accordance with the Constitution” (2) The people may exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives," COFEK said in a statement.

(3) " Sovereign power under the Constitution is delegated to the following State Organs, which shall perform their functions in accordance with the Constitution (a) Parliament and the legislative assemblies in the County Governments; (b) the national executive and the executive structures in the county governments and the (c) the Judiciary and the independent tribunals", it continued.

Members of Parliament kicked out Juma after voting not to extend the period for consideration of their decision by 10 days.

Juma's fate was sealed Thursday after MPs voted 163 to 55 to have her not take up the position she was moved to by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

MPs had to vote to kick her out after leader of Majority Aden Duale raised a motion to have the report by a Parliamentary Committee which had asked that she not be considered for the position rescinded.

The Parliamentary Committee on Security and administration had rejected her appointment on the basis that she was arrogant, having earlier written a letter to the House asking MPs not to come to her office whilst she was the Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry.

" Her actions were against the spirit of the constitution in which the members of the house are granted power to represent Kenyans and in her asking MPs not to go to her office, she was basically denying Kenyans a chance to access a public office," the report by the Committee read.

Leader of Minority Francis Nyenze had also asked MPs to give Juma a chance as she was highly qualified, but in vain.

Juma became President Uhuru Kenyatta's first appointee to be rejected by Parliament.

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