MPs reading from different scripts on gender bill

Cracks are emerging among Members of Parliament over the constitutional amendment bill seeking to bring gender parity in Parliament.

The bill which has been elusive for eight years will be put to vote in the National Assembly Wednesday.

Women lawmakers continue to lobby their male counterparts to back the amendment which requires 233 votes to sail through the second reading.

The bill which seeks to ensure equal representation in parliament has been the subject of debate over the last few days.

Proponents of the constitutional amendment bill argue that it will usher in a new dawn in Kenya’s political representation.

A section of male lawmakers have however raised concerns that the bill does not propose a formula that will be used to nominate MPs to Parliament.

But women lawmakers are upbeat that come Wednesday the elusive bill will finally sail through to third reading.

The bill proposes to amend articles 97 and 98 of the constitution to ensure that both houses of Parliament comply with the two thirds gender principle.

To successfully sail through the second reading the bill requires 233 members voting in the affirmative.


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