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NGO collects signatures to dissolve Parliament

04 August 2015, 09:49 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - A non-governmental organization, Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), is in efforts of collecting 1 million signatures to dissolve the Parliament if it fails to implement two-thirds gender rule.

CMD national treasurer John Wamagata on Monday said the movement has already collected more than 400 000 signatures.

“Two-thirds gender rule must be implemented before August 31, failure to which we shall seek dissolution of Parliament and call for demonstrations,” he said.

Speaking to journalists in Nyeri town, Wamagata said the government must empower women politically and economically.

He accused the Jubilee government of lack of political will to ensure the two-thirds gender rule in Parliament is implemented.

Wamagata, who is also director of elections for Safina Party, demanded that a bill seeking to postpone the realization of the gender quota be dropped immediately.

Ainabkoi MP, Samuel Chepkonga who is the chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, sponsored the bill.

Thuluthi Tatu initiative leader, Sheila Githaiga who accompanied Wamagata, said women should be empowered politically claiming that they are also major drivers of the economy.

“Giving women a larger space in politics will not lead to a high wage as some politicians are complaining. How comes the wage bill issue is raised when it comes to empowering women?” she posed.

She noted that Chepkonga’s proposal that the rule be implemented progressively means denying women their constitutional right.

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