Dr Monica Juma has now come out and denied accusations by members of parliament, accusing her of being rude, difficult to work with and inaccessible.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Sunday Live, Dr Juma said there was an assumption that she wrote a letter without consulting the ministry while it was part of the process of managing the human resource function in a more effective and fair manner.
Dr. Juma further added that the current structure of management of human resource is complex and there are modalities in place within their framework that requires them to seek concurrence and therefore need to be followed.
Dr. Juma however emphasized that her office was open to those who have complaints.
Dr Juma intimated that the accusations came to her as a surprise adding that she has had 30 years of experience in public service.
This comes in the wake of public debate regarding mps rejection of her presidential nomination to cabinet.
In her letter, Dr Juma states that “Hon. Members of Parliament and Senators have time and again been visiting my office and making requests to have officers serving in this ministry, namely Field Administrative officers as well as uniformed officers appointed, transferred or retained in specific stations across the country.
“I wish to indicate that honouring such requests poses a huge challenge, is unsustainable and would in some cases constitute a breach of the Civil Service Code of Regulations, the provisions of the Constitution as well as policy frameworks.”
In the light of this, I address this letter to you to request that you kindly inform the Honourable MPs and Senators about these challenge and reassure them the management of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government is committed to observe the procedures and fair administrative action as it relates to all staff within the confines of the law and laid down criteria.” The letter continued
President Uhuru Kenyatta is now expected to convene a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday to thrash out the issues that led to the rejection of Dr Monica Juma as secretary to the cabinet.
According to the parliamentary standing orders, the president can only resubmit Dr. Juma’s nomination to the house after 6 months.\
For now, Dr. Juma remains the Principal Secretary, in the influential interior docket even though President Kenyatta had nominated Maj. Retired Gordon Kihalang’wa to the position.
By Wangui Ngechu