Diplomatic appointments unconstitutional, Uhuru told
19 August 2014, 15:17
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta's recent diplomatic appointments have been criticized as unequal and unconstitutional.
The National Gender and Equality Commission NGEC has said that the appointments made last week have failed the two thirds principle in terms of gender equality as provided by the constitution.
The appointments have also left out the youth as well as the disabled, which makes them illegal by law.
According to Commission Chairperson Winfred Lichuma, the appointments are disappointing and should be re-done to the constitutional threshold.
" While the Commission is aware that the appointments are being done progressively, we are disturbed that the indications so far appear to walk in the face of gender equality and inclusions especially for the women, youth and persons with disability as espoused by Constitution, he said in a press conference.
The President recently nominated 20 individuals to head Kenya’s foreign diplomatic missions, with five being women.
Two women have so far been nominated as Ambassador while three have been earmarked for Deputy Ambassador roles.
Lichuma, expressed disappointment at the nominations.
" The appointments yet again go against the gender equality and inclusion principles as envisaged in the constitution and point to a disturbing trend where the state appears to pay lip service of the rule of law and fidelity to the constitution, she added.
The appointments included old government officials like Robinson Githae, Chirau Ali Makwere, Kiema Kilonzo, Sam Ongeri among others.
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