KENYA’S SENATE URGED TO APPROVE GENDER BILL

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki and Attorney-General Githu Muigai have passionately rallied members of the Senate to pass Senator Judith Sijeny’s Gender Bill which is set to be tabled before the chamber on Thursday.

The two stressed here Wednesday that the Senate had the opportunity to set in motion the process of implementing the two-thirds gender rule as prescribed in the national Constitution.

The Bill comes up after a similar one drafted by National Assembly (lower House of Parliament) Majority Leader Aden Duale came up short when voted on by Members of Parliament on April 27, 2016, prompting a one-year extension of the deadline which will lapse in the next two weeks.

The Bill, popularly known as Duale Bill, failed to pass as MPs voted overwhelmingly against provisions which introduced new clauses to Articles 97 and 98 of the Constitution to ensure that special seats are allocated proportionately to the number of seats won by a political party, determined after a general election.

However, efforts to have the Bill passed did not end there as the Bill will be re-introduced to the Senate yet again. The Bill, sponsored by CORD Coalition nominated Senator Judith Sijeny is similar to the Bill previously sponsored by Duale.

Kariuki is appealing to Senators to act differently from their counterparts at the National Assembly when the Bill comes before them Thursday afternoon, sentiments shared by the Attorney-General.

“I am confident we will have our way. We believe senate will act differently from their counterparts at the National Assembly,” said Muigai.

The two disclosed that they had identified factors which led to the defeat of the Duale Bill and had put in place mechanisms to ensure the outcome is not the same. They were also quick to clear any misconceptions and perceptions that may emerge regarding the Bill.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK