- Juma argued that by the time she took office as accounting officer at the Interior ministry, the contract had already been signed.
- She therefore expressed fears that failure to correct the report’s recommendations would damage her reputation.
The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee has dismissed a request by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma to have her name expunged from its report over the irregular award of a Sh1.75 billion tender for the provision of comprehensive group life insurance cover for the police and prisons services.
Committee Chairman Opiyo Wandayi said Dr Juma's request is time-barred since the report has already been adopted by the House.
He said the committee relied on facts tabled before it by the Office of the Auditor-General.
In a letter to National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai dated November 25, seeking to have her name expunged from the report, Ms Juma argued that by the time she took office as accounting officer at the Interior ministry, the contract had already been signed.
“I took over office of Principal Secretary in the Department of Interior on Wednesday, August 20,2014. By the time I took office, the said contract had been signed and executed,” she said.
“In the light of this, I urge that my name be expunged from the report. This is critical because as it is, when the report was tabled in Parliament, the recommendations of the PAC were reported in the Daily Nation, generating huge public interest and damaging my person,” she added.
She expressed fears that failure to correct the report’s recommendations would damage her reputation.