NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 – The National Gender and Equality Commission has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to re-submit Monica Juma’s name to the National Assembly as his Secretary to the Cabinet nominee.
The commission’s chairperson Winfred Lichuma urged the National Assembly to then reconsider its decision and approve her appointment to the position.
Lichuma joined President Uhuru Kenyatta in expressing disappointment at the National Assembly’s decision to reject Juma’s nomination saying it was based on male chauvinism.
“Juma was sacrificed at the altar of overbearing patriarchy laced with a huge dose of malice,” Lichuma charged.
The commission has long faulted the Arms of Government for failing to adhere to the two-thirds gender principle of not having more than two thirds of those in elective and appointive positions be of the same gender.
“Her rejection therefore sends a perilous signal that women of her stature and calibre are a threat to the status quo by virtue of their gender,” Lichuma argued.
She also agreed with President Uhuru Kenyatta that Juma was a competent candidate for the job and there was no justifiable reason to deny her the appointment.
“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,” the President’s spokesperson Manoah Esipisu stated in response to her rejection by Parliament on Thursday for the position of Secretary to the Cabinet.
The National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security recommended her rejection on the grounds that she wrote a, “bad faith,” letter to the two clerks of Parliament taking issue with MPs frequently seeking favours from her office.
“The 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. Honouring such requests would constitute a breach of the Civil Service Code of Regulations,” the letter reads.