FIDA faults Uhuru for removing Kaindi from office
04 September 2015, 10:48
Nakuru - The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) has lambasted the President for removing Grace Kaindi from the position of Deputy Inspector of Police on Tuesday.
Dr Ruth Aura, Chairperson FIDA Kenya said that they were ‘perturbed’ by the ultra vires decision by the head of state to transfer Kaindi to a lower public office.
In a press statement issued Wednesday, Dr Aura said it is disturbing that when Kenya is struggling with gender disparity concerns, the President has replaced the Deputy Inspector General with another man against the spirit of the Constitution, the Jubilee Manifesto and his proclaimed support for women leadership in Kenya.
“This change is not only a demotion and a setback to the gains made by women in Kenya, but it is also highly unconstitutional. The due process for removal of a Deputy Inspector General is well spelt out in the Constitution and the National Police Act and must be followed by the President who swore to defend and uphold the spirit and the letter of the Constitution,” said Dr Aura.
She added that the decision, albeit temporary, lacks gender consideration as well as respect for competency and Educational qualifications for the office holder.
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“Replacement of a qualified graduate woman of high competence and experience with a less qualified man is despicable,” she noted.
The chairperson said that the women rights movement in Kenya has for decades put a lot of effort in encouraging competent women to take up public appointments.
“This is in light of constitutional principle of equal participation in leadership and decision making processes for both men and women as envisaged under Article 10 of the Constitution,” said the women leader.
Dr Aura also said that it is disheartening to continuously watch competent women leaders being hounded out of office, victimized, intimidated or frustrated while serving in public positions.
“Reading through the trends that have emerged, there is a pattern of trying to redefine competitive process in appointments through unconstitutional means,” said Dr Aura.
The FIDA Kenya boss called for fair treatment of both men and women leaders in the country.
“Unfair practices deliberately targeting women leaders and continued violation of the constitution deny women opportunity to be leaders. The President has opportunity to make right the mistake. We will not hesitate to move to court for reversal of the purported replacement as it is unconstitutional and abuse of power,” she remarked.
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