Video:Jubilee MPs warn Uhuru not to force them on Juma’s job
Fifteen Members of Parliament from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political backyard used the safety of the House to launch an unusual challenge following their rejection of his nominee to the position of Secretary to the Cabinet.
The MPs dared Uhuru to nominate Monica Juma again and claimed, without any evidence, that she lacked clean hands due to a conflict of interest related to a Ministry of Interior tender.
Through Kandara MP Alice Wahome, they alleged that a firm linked to Juma’s husband, Peter Kagwanja, had bid for the Sh6 billion insurance contract for the National Police Service.
But Mr. Kajwanja dismissed the allegations and accused Ms. Wahome of malice.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome, even went further to sensationally link Juma’s failure to secure the National Assembly’s backing to a row within the Jubilee government over the Sh6 billion police insurance cover.
With her colleagues nodding vigorously at her sides, Ms Wahome claimed that two prominent insurance firms were fighting to be awarded the lucrative deal and one was linked to Juma’s husband, Peter Kagwanja, who was an adviser in President Mwai Kibaki’s government.
The MPs alleged they had information that the insurance deal at the Interior Ministry, whose accounting officer is the Principal Secretary, Juma, is not above board.
“Let her (Interior PS) not fool the world,” said Wahome, who sits in the National Assembly’s Administration and National Security Committee that recommended the PS’s rejection for the top job, ironically after praising her credentials.
Also present at the press conference were MPs Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika Town), John Waiganjo (Ol Joro Orok), Peter Weru (Mathira), Mary Wambui (Othaya), Florence Kajuju (Meru), Njoroge Baiya (Githunguri), Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri), Mary Njoki (Nakuru), Agnes Machira (Laikipia), Mburu Kahangara (Lari) and Jude Njomo (Kiambu).
However, Mr Kagwanja dismissed the claims as callous and malicious.
“This is pure jealousy. I come from the same constituency with Alice Wahome and I am surprised that she has brought village politics to the national platform. We come from the same village, and I don’t understand why she has brought our differences to the public job. I was not appointed, I am not the one being vetted,” he said.
He said before his wife was Interior principal secretary, he used to advise then Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and his predecessor Katoo ole Metito formally and informally on security matters.
The security consultant said he lost a job when his wife was appointed.
“I am not even in the insurance field. I make enough money from the University of Nairobi to feed my children and take care of my family and to do all that I want to do. I don’t need tenders to do so. And even if I were to lobby, I’d do it professionally. I perfectly understand what conflict of interest is, and we all know the boundaries,” he said.
But the MPs said they were independent and would not be used as rubber stamps for Jubilee policies.
Wahome alleged that the committee had found out that Sh2 billion meant for police operations under the ministry was unspent with less than 15 days to the end of the financial year, yet the police are ill equipped to fight insecurity.