Kenya Defense Minister Juma proposed for Commonwealth leadership position
Kenya’s Defense Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has been nominated for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General in what could start another round of pressure for the veteran diplomat.
Several sources said East Africa that the government was preparing a formal offer to announce the candidacy of Dr Juma, who will initiate formal engagement with the leaders of the 54 other Commonwealth member states.
Dr Juma has served as Secretary of the country’s Foreign Cabinet, Principal Secretary of the Interior, Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and Permanent Representative to the AU and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
Its most recent international diplomatic campaign was Kenya’s tough but successful bid last year for the UN Security Council against Djibouti.
Patricia Scotland served two more years in her first term, complicating the competition for the second term.
Under Commonwealth electoral rules, the four-year term of the Secretary-General, renewable once, can only be extended for one year. Further extensions would mean she served two terms.
Postponed Chogm Summit
Baroness Scotland, a British lawyer who became the UK’s first black Attorney General, took office in 2006 and was due to face a re-election summit in June 2020, at the scheduled Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (Chogm) in the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. However, due to Covid-19, the summit was postponed to June 2021, before being postponed until next year.
“We can continue with an extension year after year, but it’s not ideal. We can also ask her if her extension is for two years or for a full four-year term, as she got extensions unrelated to a second full term, ”a Kenyan diplomat said. East Africa. Commonwealth rules state that the Secretary General will remain in office until leaders decide otherwise under Chogm.
Although the influence of the Commonwealth has diminished over time, the seat of the Secretary General is still influential, acting as the voice of the “Club”.