Uhuru ponders next move after Juma debacle
14 June 2015, 10:58
Nairobi - Monica Juma is the best fit for the position of Secretary to the Cabinet and must be resubmitted, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said but with her rejection, comes the possibility she might be dead and gone.
Juma was last week denied the chance to ascend to the position after members of Parliament voted to have her nomination by President Uhuru Kenyatta to be rescinded over what they termed as arrogant behaviour from the Oxford trained PS.
Nkaissery though, says that whatever actions Juma has been blamed for were not her fault and that President Kenyatta should do his best to ensure he is returned to the position.
" I would wish to urge His Excellency the President to re-submit Ambassador
Juma’s name and for MPs to look beyond personal interests and work for
the good of our nation and not to deny Kenyans the best service," He asked.
" She has also managed to restore the sanctity of the Office of the
President but was sacrificed in the political altar of self interests
and deceit of a few,” he lamented.
He said the letter reflected the position of the entire Interior and National Coordination of Government ministry.
He further asked Members of Parliament to look beyond personal
interests and work for the good of the country by not denying Kenyans
the best service.
" It is worthy to note the letter she wrote under which she is being
victimized was not an individual basis but a collective agreement as the
Ministry of Interior in regards to operations and for consistency
purposes," he explained.
" It should also be noted that we met the Parliamentary committee
early this year and developed a framework for engagement which was
agreed upon,' he added.
There is only one issue though as regards Juma's return, as any potential re-admission for vetting will only take place after six months according to Parliamentary rules, which means that the President has a decision to make on the matter.
It is likely that Juma will remain the Interior Permanent Secretary, a stance that the government has maintained.
" She will remain the interior PS," a source at the Office of the President told News24.
" The President is obviously not happy at all with what has happened and he will seek a way forward after his return from South Africa," the source added.
Uhuru registered his disappointment with Juma's hounding and said that MPs had denied Kenyans the chance to be served by a consummate professional.
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