Female MPs lash at Muturi for proposing removal of Women Reps
08 May 2015, 11:05
Nairobi – Female parliamentarians have hit back at National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi for proposing the scrapping of all the 47 County Women Representative and nominated MP positions, and amendment of the Constitution to provide for election of 100 women MPs through a formula set by the electoral commission.
The angered legislators under their Kenya Women Parliamentarian Association (KEWOPA) asked Muturi to desist from taking sides in tabled Bills and instead adhere to the House Standing Orders.
“The 47 Women Representatives seat is constitutional, is here to stay and it can only be scrapped through referendum. The Speaker should not engage in controversial debate yet he has no vote in Parliament and should maintain his neutral arbitration position,” said the KEWOPA chair, Cecily Mbarire.
Mbarire said Muturi should have proposed ways on how more women can be added to the available 47 and nominated positions held by women legislators other than scrapping them to adopt another formula of meeting the two-third gender rule in leadership.
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“KEWOPA is coming up with a bill proposing the lifting of Article 177 of the Constitution to top up the number of elected women to attain the two-third gender rule. We also propose the election of two women representatives per county in event the top up doesn’t meet the gender rule,” said Mbarire.
Nairobi County MP, Racheal Shebesh said the Speaker's proposal is an assault to the work women have done over the years to the country.
Mombasa County MP, Mishi Mboko said Muturi’s sentiments were uncalled for and an abuse to tremendous reforms the country has realized in spearheading women involvement in national leadership.
“We will fight for our constitutional rights in leadership representation even if it is to join the opposition’s Okoa Kenya referendum push to include our Okoa Kenyan Women agenda to increase the number of women representation,” said Mboko.
KEWOPA proposes to have at least 104 women MPs either elected or nominated to meet the constitutional two-third gender rule requirement.
The women MPs were speaking in a press conference at Parliament Buildings.
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