17 June 2015, 12:38
Nairobi - Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has withdrawn his statement on the withdrawal of the two thirds gender rule.
MPs, supported by Muturi had started plans to have the rule, which allows for a third of members of parliament and senators to be women withdrawn.
But with pressure from various quarters escalating, Muturi said Wednesday that the statement he made was in haste and that he had not considered the plight of Kenyan women.
" I support equality and 'withdraw' statement calling for scrapping of
nominated seats to address gender rule," Muturi said.
Muturi had earlier stated that the rule was not cognitive to the current political climate and that more women should seek elective office.
His statement was met with derision by women leaders as well as members of the civil society as well and the opposition who termed the move by MPs to enact change to the constitution a travesty.
" We will not agree to this and we will use every means possible to ensure it remains intact," Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo said.
CORD leader Raila Odinga had called the planned move 'backward'.
" It is a backward move and indicative of a house seeking to defile the constitution and as CORD we will not agree with it," he had stated.
Muturi says that he will now lobby MPs to keep the gender rule intact and ensure women earn their due representation as is the wish of the constitution.
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