The Private Sector through the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) continuously engages with all arms of government including the Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature. We value all partnerships forged thus far and look forward to strengthening collaboration towards the joint aspirations of the Kenyan people. We have in the past welcomed criticism from all demographics of our population as we strengthen each other in our joint resolve to see a better, stronger and united Kenya.
In this regard the Private Sector wishes to express its concern over the National Assembly’s rejection of the nomination of Amb. Dr. Monica Juma to the post of Secretary to the Cabinet. We note that even by its own admission Amb. Juma is a qualified and suitable candidate for the post she was nominated to by H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
We echo the sentiments expressed by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta that
“…the rejection of this nominee 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…’
In view of the foregoing, we ask the National Assembly to reconsider its stand on the appointment of Amb. Juma as the decision could set a dangerous precedent for other bodies with an oversight role in the nomination and secondment of State Officers. The move may dissuade other qualified professionals from applying for public service jobs despite the high level of professionalism required to serve the country especially at senior government levels.
We further wish to point out Amb. Juma’s distinguished service record and work ethic, having served as Kenya’s ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, a work ethic she retains to date in her current position as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
We call upon all arms of government to keep within the spirit of the Constitution which safeguards the rights of individuals to access to education, health and fair access to employment opportunities as provided for under the Bill of Rights in Chapter 4 of the Constitution.