Monica Juma not qualified to hold public office – Jubilee MPs say

Monica Juma not qualified to hold public office – Jubilee MPs say

A section of Members of Parliament allied to the ruling Jubilee alliance have maintained that Dr Monica Juma is not fit to hold a public office.

The Jubilee MPs, majorly from Central Kenya, said that despite her academic qualifications, Dr Juma is not fit to hold any public office.

The legislators – led by Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru – alleged that Dr Juma at one point used her office to manipulate a tendering process by denying a qualified company a tender.

Further, the MPs allege that she has displayed arrogance through the letter she wrote to the clerks of the National Assembly and the Senate complaining of the frequent visits by the lawmakers to her office.

The MPs added that they did their Parliamentary job of examining on whether she was suitable for the job or not.

They further downplayed claims that they were defying President Uhuru Kenyatta saying that they were only doing their job as a National Assembly.

“Our loyalty to the President still remains. What we did as MPs is our job,” said Mr Waweru, sentiments that were echoed by Kandara MP Alice Wahome.

“When we endorse what the President says, you call us rubberstamps. When we do our parliamentary job, you say we are defying the President,” noted the Kandara legislator.

The lawmakers said that they will continue doing their job of vetting candidates and giving recommendations on the suitability of each.

Last week, Parliament unanimously rejected Monica Juma’s nomination as Secretary to the Cabinet after the vetting committee took matters with a letter she wrote when she served as the PS for Defence lamenting about the frequent visits she received from Members of Parliament to her office.

The MPs claimed that the letter, addressed to the clerks of the National Assembly and the Senate, was in bad faith and painted the legislators as a ‘nuisance’ according to the vetting panel.