COG want gender question resolved through Building Bridges Initiative

Written By: Beth Nyaga

COG wants Building Bridges Initiative to resolve gender question

The Council of Governors (CoG) is proposing the incorporation of the gender question in the ongoing discourse on constitutional amendments.

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Reacting to Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament over the continued violation of the two-third gender rule, CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya said dissolving parliament will have dire consequences on government processes at a time it is in the middle of managing a crisis.

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Oparanya is instead calling on the country to consider resolving the stalemate during the ongoing constitutional amendment debate.

“This is an opportune time for all stakeholders to have a sober discussion on the issue of gender principle with a view to ensuring that the intentions and objects of the Constitution are achieved,” he observed.

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This even as he conquered that the State and its organs are under obligation to obey the Constitution and remain faithful to its principles, saying the Council of Governors is alive to the rationale of the Chief Justice on the dissolution of Parliament for failure to enact legislation on the two-thirds gender principle.

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The proposal by the Chief Justice has divided public opinion with those in support saying it was long overdue and those against the advisory terming it as unconstitutional.

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