Kalonzo: Jubilee’s rejection of Monica Juma selfish
Kalonzo has accused statehouse of orchestrating humiliation of Dr Juma whom he termed as the most qualified in the entire Jubilee administration.
“As the Presidents’ nominee, the President himself demonstrated no support to Amb Juma’s candidature. As a result, TNA took the cue from him,” said Kalonzo adding that the report presented to Parliament by the vetting committee was tailored to cause embarrassment to Dr Juma who served as Kenya’s representative to the United Nations and played a pivotal role in the deferral case at the ICC.
“The report was tailored to cause embarrassment and portray Amb Juma as incompetent yet she is one of the most qualified in the Jubilee government to say the least.”
He said the jubilee government is seemingly in the mood of putting user-friendly individuals in positions of influence as part of their overall strategy towards 2017 elections.
Kalonzo’s sentiments were echoed by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua who accused Parliament of rejecting Dr Juma for selfish reasons.
Painting legislators as ‘nuisance’
Dr Juma was unanimously rejected by the National Assembly after the committee on security recommended as such.
The vetting committee took issues with a letter written by Ms Juma when she served as the PS for Defence complaining about the frequent visits the Members of Parliament made to her office.
The letter – addressed to the clerks of the National Assembly and the Senate – according to the vetting panel, was in bad faith and painted the legislators as a ‘nuisance’.
Ms Juma had complained – in the letter dated October 24th, 2014 – that the MPs had made frequent visits to her office requesting employment and transfer of civil servants.
Ms Juma was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta mid-April to fill a position previously held by Francis Kimemia who stepped aside after he was named in a graft report released by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in March.