Untold Story of Foreign Affairs CS Nominee Monica Juma

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday announced new appointments to his second Cabinet that saw various reshuffles and a number of new faces in.

    The Head of State appointments has since received all kinds of responses from people across the political divide. 

    Among the new faces in the Cabinet include: 

    Monica Juma

    Whereas little is known about her prior to this portfolio, Dr Juma's career spans across a wide range of posts and responsibilities within the country, in the continent and internationally.

    Prior to her appointment as a CS, she was the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving under Amina Mohammed who has now been moved to the Education docket.

    She previously served as the PS in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government until January 2016. 

    Before then, she served as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

    [caption caption="Monica Juma"][/caption]

    In 2008, Amb Juma served on the United Nation Secretary General’s High-level Panel on resourcing for the UN Security Council’s mandated Africa Union peacekeeping operations alongside numerous Governments and Inter-Governmental Organizations.

    She has also served as an ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the African Union.

    Dr Juma holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Nairobi, and Certificate in Refugees Studies from Oxford. 

    She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa and an Adjunct faculty member at the African Centre for Strategic Studies of the National Defence University, Washington D.C, United State of America.

    Ambassador Juma is married and has two children.

    [caption caption="File image of Monica Juma greeting President Uhuru Kenyatta"][/caption]

    Margaret Kobia
    President Kenyatta nominated her to serve as the CS Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.

    Professor Kobia had previously served as the chairperson Public Service Commission.

    She is the founding Director General of the Kenya School of Government.

    The new nominee has also taught Management, Entrepreneurship and Reserch Methods at University level.

    Prof Kobia is the Chief Editor of the refereed African Journal of Public Administration and Management.

    In 2014, she won a regional recognition as Africa's most influential woman in Business and Government by CEO Magazine of South Africa.

    [caption caption="Margaret Kobia"][/caption]

    Farida Karoney
    Farida Karoney, who has been appointed as the CS Ministry of Lands, has served as a communications specialist with over 20 years of extensive experience in the strategic management of news operations and development communication.

    She was the Chief Operating Officer at Royal Media Services having been the Group Editorial Director since 2009.

    Ms Karoney was also the Head of Editorial at KTN (Standard Media Group) in 2007 before being the Assistant Director for Broadcasting in the same media house.

    [caption caption="Farida Karoney"][/caption]

    Rashid Achesa Mohamed
    Rashid is the CS nominee for Ministry of Sports and Heritage.

    He is the former ODM Youth Wing leader in Western Kenya.

    Achesa attempted to vie for the Mumias West Parliamentary seat in the 2017 general elections but pulled out according to reports.

    [caption caption="Rashid Achesa"][/caption]

    Simon Chelugui
    He has been nominated to replace Eugene Wamalwa in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

    Mr Chelugui is the former Betting and Licencing Board Director.

    He was an aspiring Governor and Senator for Baringo County but withdrew from the race just before the 2017 general elections. 

    [caption caption="Simon Chegului"][/caption]

    Ukur Yattani
    President Kenyatta appointed his as the CS Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.

    He is the former Governor of Marsabit County. 

    Mr Yattani was a member of ODM before he changed camps late last year to Jubilee Party.

    Like his counterparts, he has also served as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as the MP for North Horr constituency.

    [caption caption="Ukur Yattani together with President Uhuru Kenyatta"][/caption]