Monica Kathina Juma
Monica Juma
National Security Advisor
Assumed office
27 October 2022
Appointed byWilliam Ruto
Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum
In office
30 September 2021 – 27 October 2022
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byCharles Keter
Succeeded byDavis Chirchir
Cabinet Secretary for Defence
In office
14 January 2020 – 30 September 2021
Appointed byUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byRaychelle Omamo
Succeeded byEugene Wamalwa
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
5 February 2018 – 14 January 2020
Appointed byUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byAmina Mohamed
Succeeded byRaychelle Omamo
Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
12 January 2016 – 5 February 2018
Appointed byUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byDr. Eng. Perminus Karanja Kibicho, PhD
Succeeded byMacharia Kamau
Principal Secretary for Interior
In office
15 August 2014 – 11 January 2016
Appointed byUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byElijah Mutea Iringo
Succeeded byDr. Eng. Perminus Karanja Kibicho
Principal Secretary for Defence
In office
15 July 2013 – 14 August 2014
Appointed byUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byAmbassador Nancy Chepkemoi Kirui (nee Cheluget)
Succeeded byElijah Mutea Iringo
Personal details
Born (1963-09-26) September 26, 1963 (age 60)
Kitui County, Kenya
Political partyUnited Democratic Alliance.
EducationUniversity of Nairobi (BA, MA)
University of Oxford (DPhil)

Monica Kathina Juma CBS, EGH, MBS (September 26, 1963) is a Kenyan diplomat who currently serves as National Security Advisor to President William Ruto.[1] She previously served as the Cabinet Secretary for Defence in the cabinet of President Uhuru Kenyatta.[2][3]

Early life and education

Juma studied at the University of Nairobi for her Bachelors of Arts in Government & Public Administration and Masters of Arts in Government & Public Administration and University of Oxford, Certificate in Refugee Studies and where she also attained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics.

Diplomatic career

Juma has a long career in the diplomatic service, having served as Kenya's concurrent ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti, the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based out of Addis Ababa.[4] On 27 June 2013, she was sworn in as the Principal Secretary, in the Kenya Ministry of Defence, serving in that capacity until she was moved to the Kenya Ministry of the Interior, as Principal Secretary.[4][5]

Political career

Juma served as the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between January 2016 and February 2018.[6]

She served as the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Interior, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Prior to serving in the Ministry of Interior, Juma served as the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.[7][8]

On 23 May 2024, Juma was among the guests invited to the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden in honor of President William Ruto at the White House.[9]

Juma and Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C., 2018

Other activities

Juma is a senior research fellow in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the African Centre for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C. in the United States of America. She has written and published extensively on the subjects of her specialization.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "President Ruto Retains Monica Juma In New Cabinet Appointments". Capital News. 27 September 2022.
  2. ^ "UoN Digital Repository Home". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ Duncan Miriri and Omar Mohammed (14 January 2020), Kenya's president reshuffles cabinet amid rift with deputy president Reuters.
  4. ^ a b c Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2016). "Ambassador Monica Juma, DPhil, CBS, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Nairobi: Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ Kenya Ministry of Defence (2014). "Ambassador Dr. Monica Juma, MBS, Principal Secretary Ministry of Defence, Kenya". Nairobi: Kenya Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "FORMER MINISTERS – FOREIGN AFFAIRS | KENYA". Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Our History – Ministry of Defence – Kenya". Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  8. ^ Duncan Miriri (August 2014), Kenyan intelligence boss, under fire over Islamist attacks, quits Reuters.
  9. ^ Kim, Minho (23 May 2024). "The Full Guest List for Biden's State Dinner With Kenya". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 26 May 2024.

Political offices Preceded byAmina Mohamed Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs 2018–2020 Succeeded byRaychelle Omamo Preceded byRaychelle Omamo Cabinet Secretary for Defence 2020–2021 Succeeded byEugene Wamalwa