Leaders appeal for support on gender rule

A Chief Administrative Secretary and three Members of Parliament have appealed to male legislators in the country to join in the push for the adoption of the two third gender rule.

Gender,Youth and Public Service CAS Rachel Shebesh, MPs Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Sofia Abdi(Ijara) and Florence Bore said the issue should be addressed once and for all so that parliament can meet the constitutional threshold.

Parliament as currently constituted does not meet the threshold eight years after the promulgation of the constitution, said Kones.

Kones added that other legislations as directed by the constitution have been implemented save for the two-third gender rule which has faced resistance from male leaders.

Shebesh said the move by female MPs and leaders to wear white head gear in the push should not be misconstrued as a protest saying the white colours signify peace.

We are donning white head gears to signify our peaceful push and no one should think otherwise, Shebesh added.

The leaders spoke at Longisa youth empowerment centre in Bomet East constituency during the disbursement of funds to youth and women groups in the area.

The CAS pointed out that the gender rule had been misunderstood that women want leadership positions through the backdoor.

The gender rule is not out to dish leadership positions to women but to empower both genders in parliament and outside, she said.

During the function 56 women groups received cheques worth S0 million while 15 youth groups received cheques worth Sh946, 000.

Source: Kenya News Agency