, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Members of the National Assembly on Thursday rejected the nomination of Monica Juma as Secretary to the Cabinet.
Before the vote on her suitability, MPs also threw out a request by House Majority Leader Aden Duale to extend the period of her approval by 10 days.
The legislators rejected Juma despite Duale and House Minority Leader Francis Nyanza rallying them to approve her nomination.
This means that President Uhuru Kenyatta will now have to nominate another candidate to be vetted to replace Francis Kimemia who was dropped two month ago.
The MPs agreed with the report of the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security which opposed her nomination.
Committee Chairman Asman Kamama explained that their recommendation was based on the fact that Juma displayed arrogance and insensitivity to the needs and concerns of the public and their elected leaders.
“The nominee lacked demonstrable passion to serve the public and their elected leaders,” the committee said.
The committee noted a letter she wrote to the two Clerks of Parliament which they termed was in bad faith and aimed at denying MPs access to a public office.
“The letter written by the nominee contravened the spirit of Article 1 of the Constitution of Kenya which provides that the sovereign power belongs to the people of the Kenya and shall be exercised through their democratically elected representatives. By denying elected representatives access to a public office, the nominee is denying Kenyans a chance to exercise their sovereign authority and is a breach of Article 2(1) of the Constitution,” the committee said in its report.
Previously, Juma served as the Defence Principal Secretary and was later moved to the Interior docket in the same capacity.