PRESS STATEMENT BY FIDA KENYA ON THE REJECTION OF AMBASSADOR MONICA JUMA`S NOMINATION AS THE SECRETARY TO THE CABINET
The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA Kenya) is perturbed by the decision made by the National Assembly to reject the nomination of Amb. Monica Juma by the President as the Secretary to the Cabinet
The committee report cited a letter that Amb. Juma wrote to House clerks — complaining about the number of visits and requests MPs made for transfers or employment of State workers — as the main reason for her rejection. FIDA Kenya contends that the reasons given herein are flimsy and do not warrant her denial to serve the people of Kenya as her nomination was informed by the distinction and success she has earned serving the nation as an Ambassador to Ethiopia and, Permanent Representative to the African Union, Defence PS, and in her current position as Interior PS. Kenyans must be reminded that during her tenure in the various offices no complaint was ever raised against her performance and it’s surprising why she should be vindicated now! FIDA Kenya wishes to remind the National Assembly that they are not above the law and as key protectors of law must observe and adhere to the principles of the rule of law.
As an organization we have, and continue to make several appeals to public officials and Kenyans at large to apply fair hearing and trial processes especially of women who have exhibited high competency and have been competitively nominated and/or appointed to office.
FIDA Kenya wishes to remind the National assembly that in executing their mandate, they must not employ any practices that are deliberately targeted at frustrating women leaders and making those who would wish to serve Kenyans shy away from public offices. We wish to remind the National assembly to be objective in their assessment by not sending wrong signals to the public or be seen to intimidate prospective Government employees.
At a time when the country is working on realizing a formula to allow at least 1/3rd of the Country`s leadership to be women; such acts of victimization and intimidation should not be condoned by all Kenyans of good will.
We wish to appeal to the general public to support women leaders.