President Uhuru Kenyatta has Monday nominated Ambassador Dr Monica Juma to be the 7th Secretary-General to the Commonwealth.
The Secretary-General is nominated by Commonwealth leaders and can serve a maximum of 2 terms of 4 years each.
In a statement on Monday, the Head of State urged the Commonwealth Heads of Government to consider her nomination favourably noting that she has an indisputable track record of strategic leadership, management, representation and knowledge of government, regional as well as multinational, and multilateral relations, international development, security and humanitarian issues adding that she is an exemplar of what the Commonwealth nations hold.
“It is my hope that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit (CHOGM) will consider this nomination favourably,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State also noted that he had no doubt that Amb. Monica Juma will be a strong consensus candidate, who will deliver an effective Secretariat driven by member state priorities; she will help bolster unity amongst the Commonwealth family and also enhance innovative partnership that optimizes the impact of our organization.
Ambassador Juma formerly served in the same capacity in the Foreign Affairs docket.
In addition, she has also served as Principal Secretary across the security departments of government; namely Defence, Interior and Coordination of National Government, and Foreign Affairs.
The Commonwealth is a family of 54 nations and states who share a common heritage and tradition; forged by shared fundamental principles and values.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the current Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Former Commonwealth Secretaries-General include;
Kamalesh Sharma of India (2008-2016)
Don McKinnon of New Zealand (2000-2008)
Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria (1990-2000)
Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’ Ramphal of Guyana (1975-1990)
Arnold Smith of Canada (1965-1975)