AMBASSADOR MONICA JUMA`S NOMINATION AS SECRETARY TO THE CABINET

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.

ESCALATING CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE COUNTRY

It’s with deep sorrow and dismay that FIDA Kenya has learned of the heinous acts meted upon a 27-year-old woman by her husband citing childlessness in marriage. According to the media reports, the woman was allegedly attacked with a panga by her husband who they are said to have separated for about three months. The husband chopped off both her hands and further inflicted more injuries on her head and neck.

Considering the acts of Violence as described by the woman, evidence by the descriptive photo shots, it is quite clear that this man has no respect for human dignity and should immediately be investigated and prosecuted.

Further, FIDA Kenya is angered by the escalating cases of violence against women in the country. FIDA Kenya notes with a lot of sadness that cases of domestic violence are on the rise and nothing has been done about it.

As an organization that envisions a just society that is free from all forms of violence and discriminations against women, we call upon the office of the Inspector General to immediately charge and prosecute the man with attempted murder.

We further call upon the Inspector General to ensure that the escalating cases of violence are immediately dealt with and that all culprits are brought to book.

FIDA Kenya reiterates that violence against women is unacceptable and must not be condoned in the society.

FIDA KENYA ELECTS NEW CHAIRPERSON – REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

FIDA Kenya elected its new Governing council yesterday chaired by Mrs Josephine Wambua- Mong`are. Whilst this new team congratulates the president for his State of Nation address that enumerated the achievements and the challenges of the Jubilee Government for the last 3 years, The Council is concerned that the president did not highlight the steps that the Jubilee Government has taken to ensure that the country realizes the 2/3rds Gender Principle.

FIDA Kenya hoped that the president would highlight the measures his Government has put in place in line with the spirit of the constitution and the Jubilee Government manifesto to ensure that the country realizes this important milestone.

FIDA Kenya appeals to the president to rally the members of parliament to objectively consider and pass the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill no.4 of 2015 currently before parliament.

The elected FIDA Kenya Governing council members are;

Josephine Wambua-Mongàre – Chairperson
Grace C. Nyongesa – Vice Chairperson
Faith Mony Adhiambo – Secretary
Nancy Kang`ethe Ikinu- Treasurer
Roselyne Odede- Upcountry Representative(Western)
Jacqueline Waihenya- Upcountry Representative(Coast)
Betty Achieng- Council Member
Lily K. Musinga- Council Member
Edna Bosibori- Council Member
FIDA Kenya is confident that these great women will steer the organisation to greater heights and promote the agenda of women rights in Kenya.

With thanks – Christine Ochieng

FIDA Kenya Executive Director

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APPOINTMENT OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE SUPREME COURT JUDGE

The Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA-Kenya), is a non-profit, membership organisation consisting of over 1,100 women lawyers committed to increasing women’s access to justice in both formal and informal justice systems in Kenya. FIDA Kenya was established in 1985 after the 3rd UN Conference on Women. The organisation’s vision is to have a society that respects and upholds women’s rights and the mission is to promote women’s individual and collective power to claim their rights in all sphere of life.

FIDA Kenya has been following with keen with interest the past interviews of the CJ position by JSC in which the Hon. Justice David Maraga, a person of male gender was selected as well as the ongoing interviews for the position of the DCJ and Supreme Court Judge. Yesterday we witnessed the Hon. Justice Pauline Nyamweya withdraw her candidature for the DCJ position citing her ethnic and regional balance consideration in light of the fact that she hails from the same ethnic community as the CJ nominee Hon. Justice Maraga. FIDA KENYA wishes to commend the HON. Justice Nyamweya for her selfless and patriotic act, despite the fact that she was also very qualified for the position she had been shortlisted for.

FIDA Kenya wishes to take this opportunity to point out to the JSC of the need to meet and comply with constitutional requirement of ensuring that the composition of the Apex Court meets the 2/3 gender principle as expected for all appointive positions. It is the FIDA KENYA position that currently as constituted in the Supreme Court as currently constituted is not compliant with the 2/3rds gender principle. FIDA KENYA urges the JSC to correct this anomaly during the ongoing recruitment process.