September 22, 2021

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Why did Kenya endorse CS Monica Juma for Commonwealth work?

Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, Kenyan candidate for the position of Commonwealth Secretary General.[Courtesy]

Kenya argued that Defense Dr Monica Juma, CS, remains the top-notch candidate to lead the Commonwealth to the next level.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi, said Juma is the right candidate to lead the organization towards realizing its shared aspirations for development, democracy and peace.

“While we anticipate the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in Kigali where the next Secretary General will be appointed, as President Uhuru Kenyatta assured, Kenya stands firmly with Dr. Juma and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will carry out this commitment.” reads in a part of the document. press release signed by CS Raychelle Omamo.

Omamo said his Defense counterpart will solidify the good foundations laid by his predecessors and draw on the immense successes so far to ensure the organization thrives.

“Its leadership will provide consensus, which is the Commonwealth decision-making mantra, ensure strong commitments within members to spread our core values ​​and principles, and intensify connections through innovative new partnerships to promote sustainable development and shared prosperity. “, he has declared. .

He added: ‘As Secretary General, Dr Juma intends to galvanize collective action to address the key challenges facing Member States, anticipating adversity and taking action to mitigate its impact.’

He said Kenya has been a firm member of the Commonwealth since independence in 1963.

The Commonwealth is a family of nations forged by shared principles and goals and through which we define the future we collectively seek as stipulated in the Commonwealth Charter. It influences and shapes our position on global affairs and creates a forum for our country to play a significant role within the international community.

The Commonwealth has been a reliable partner for Kenya and has supported its economic development, education, the sustainable use of ocean resources and the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in line with the shared values ​​of the ‘organization.

Omamo said Kenya has also made an immense contribution to the Commonwealth by leveraging its strong credentials in the ocean agenda and sustainable blue economy, where it is supporting the Sustainable Blue Economy Action Group within the Commonwealth and is also a member of the ‘Ocean Alliance and Mangrove Ecosystems Livelihoods Action Groups.

“In addition to this, Kenya is a member of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda Physical, Digital and Regulatory Connectivity Clusters,” he said.

CS said Kenya has also made important contributions to advancing gender equality through the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers meeting.

He explained how Kenya has shown commitment to strengthening sport through participation in the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting.

“Against the backdrop of a right mix of a myriad of challenges facing member states and many opportunities that match its diversity, the Commonwealth is at a pivotal time. To further stimulate its influence globally, the Commonwealth must strengthen its capacity to pursue the collective goals for shared progress and prosperity for member states and humanity as a whole, ”Omamo said in the statement.

He added that the desired goal rewards the leadership of the Secretariat, the management arm of the organization charged with achieving the goals of the Commonwealth.

Omamo also noted that as the organization aspires to have a greater impact beyond the common interests of member states, it is imperative to take advantage of the opportunity of strategic and visionary leadership at the helm of its Secretariat.

“The next Secretary General will be responsible for leading the Secretariat and indeed the Commonwealth through difficult times. The devastating effects of COVID-19 on human life and economies portend clear challenges beyond the current health crisis, “he said.

Omamo argued that the COVID-19 vaccine deficit, debt restructuring and the pervasive dangers of climate change are obvious priorities for Marlborough House team leader Pall Mall.

Consequently, the SC affirmed that the first point of reference for an effective Secretariat to address these challenges must begin with the election of a competent and proven consensus builder as the 7th Secretary General.

“Informed by Kenya’s commitment to the Commonwealth and eager to contribute to its progress, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, Defense Cabinet Secretary for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General,” he said. affirmed.

According to her, Juma is a steadfast compatriot and predecessor to the role of foreign affairs during which she presided over and was instrumental in the successes of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. She has unrivaled credentials as a highly experienced diplomat, regional and international peace and security administrator, foreign policy artisan and exemplar of Commonwealth values.

“In her, the Commonwealth will have a formidable consensus builder with experience in global affairs,” he said.