Uhuru pleads with Parliament to pass crucial gender bill

By KBC Reporters

President Uhuru Kenyatta is pleading with the National Assembly to pass The Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2015 that seeks to actualize the ever emotive gender rule principle.

Members of Parliament will Wednesday afternoon vote on Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2015 that seeks to allow for the nomination of more women to Parliament to meet the gender rule threshold.

The Bill, sponsored by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, states that if elected women do not meet the two thirds gender rule, then the remaining number will be filled through nominations as it is done in the county assemblies in an arrangement that will last for the next 20 years.

President Kenyatta is urging lawmakers to turn up in large numbers irrespective of their party affiliation and set in motion a process that will lead to the realization of the gender principle within the next 20 years.

“We need to pass this Bill into law, to comply with the constitutional provisions in Articles 27(8) and 81(b) on the composition of elective offices in Kenya. More broadly, we need to pass this legislation to secure gender equity in government” said the President.

He added “ as President, I believe in the respect for the constitution and the rule of law, and I urge all members of the National Assembly, from every party, to turn up today in Parliament and vote for the Act. As leaders of this nation, we must model the example of submission to our constitution and the laws that we make”

The Bill, seeks to ensure that a third representation of either gender is achieved through election.

However if the minimum gender ratio is not met, then the deficit will be addressed through nomination. It’s on this basis that President Kenyatta has personally taken the initiative to whip legislators from both political divide to pass the Bill en masse.

In a statement, the Head of state said “I call upon all our members to vote for this Bill. The vote will be public, and the people of Kenya are waiting to see you make history this afternoon”.

The formula is planned to last for only 20 years.

The Bill under consideration also provides that beneficiaries of the nominations can only serve two terms in these special seats.

This according to stakeholders would ensure that the affirmative action measure was not abused.


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