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Itumbi pleads with MPs to approve Juma’s nomination

12 June 2015, 09:13 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta's Director of Digital Media and Diaspora Affairs, Dennis Itumbi has pleaded with MPs to approve the nomination of Monica Juma as the Secretary to the Cabinet.

Juma, who was nominated by President Kenyatta to replace Francis Kimemia who was sacked from the post reently, was rejected by the MPs on Wednesday.

However, Itumbi has differed with the MPs over Juma's nomination, saying she is the best candidate for the job.

“PS Monica Juma is one of those senior government officers you would love to sit with. She is from the part that believes in a new way of doing things,” Itumbi said in a statement Thursday.

Itumbi described Juma as a brilliant lady who is committed to transformation saying she embraced and mainstreamed social media at the Interior Ministry, where she is currently serving as a Principal Secretary.

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“Monica engages even the most junior staff in her decisions and let us be very sincere she stands with what is right.

The letter she wrote protecting chiefs and other administrators from politics is evidence enough of her commitment,” Itumbi said.

However, Itumbi said he does not think MPs are wrong either because her wholesome activities and decisions were not tabled during vetting.

“She has been instrumental in ensuring MPs have access to the presidency and behind closed doors she has always pushed for implementation and follow up of all developmental requests by MPs.

“I am convinced that she will contribute and add immense value for MPs, communication of cabinet (that has had a stale method for a long time), and linkages to Kenya population,” Itumbi added.

He pleaded with the MPs to reverse their decision and approve Juma’s nomination next week Tuesday.

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