Female MP's under threat in National Assembly
17 March 2014, 17:29
Nairobi - County women representatives in the National Assembly have opposed to the government's plan to scrap some leadership positions instead urged the executive to address key areas contributing to the high wage bill.
The county MP's led by their Chairperson, Hon.Cecilia Ngetich accused the elected MP's of not embracing them as equal partners in the National Assembly for proposing to have their constitutional positions scraped to reduce the looming wage bill.
Ngetich, the Bomet County women representative said,"instead of calling for the scrapping of elective positions, the executive should address among other areas, runaway corruption both in national and county governments including shoddy deals in tendering processes."
She added that the government should also deal with the looming problem of thousands of ghost workers both in the national and county governments.
“Under the Constitution our role is clearly defined as to legislate, oversight and represent which we have been perfectly doing through sponsoring motions, Bills and actively participating in house debates and committees,” said Ngetich.
Ngetich also noted that the duplication of roles in the national and the devolved government has largely contributed to the current bloated civil service. She stated that, whereas the national government has seconded staff to the counties, governors were still employing staff to the same positions.
Nyandarua Women representative, Wanjiku Muhia said that they will oppose to their colleague's proposed bill of having some elective positions scrapped holding that instead of demonizing of female MP's, parliament should reduce the number of constituencies and revert to the old number of 210.
“It is worth noting that women MP's have been more active on the ground than those in the constituency level despite the fact that were operating with no financial backing from the national government unlike our colleagues,” said Muhia.
The female reps reiterated at a press conference outside the parliament buildings that scrapping their positions is both misaddressed and misplaced in this gender balance era noting that their positions were created as a result of women's political marginalization over the years.
The National Assembly has hatched a plot to scrap the Senate and seats reserved for women in the National Assembly in a move they claim is aimed at reducing the risen wage bill.
The National Assembly has also proposed a review of electoral boundaries to reduce the number of County Assembly members from 1,450 to around 900. It has additionally proposed for a reduction 13 constitutional commissions to three.
Moreover there are calls for the scrapping of 800 nominated Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to further reduce looming wage bill.
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