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Parliament rejects motion to create Fund for men

30 October 2014, 11:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The National Assembly has rejected a motion tabled by Gatanga MP, Humphrey Njuguna, that sought the creation of a Fund to boost entrepreneurial skills for men above 35 years, claiming they have been locked out of both the Uwezo and Youth fund kitties.

Njuguna’s motion failed to sail through for adoption despite majority of male MPs attempting to drum support for it as their counterpart female MPs and majority of legislators supporting the government opposed it.

The motion opposers argued that the creation of the fund was unnecessary and unsustainable.

The female MPs had argued that Kenya being a patriarchal society, it was not prudent to create a kitty for men as it would give men undue advantage over women.

In the previous debate on the motion, majority of government affiliated MPs had also viewed the proposed fund as meaningless as contrasted with the Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Women Fund which were set for vulnerable groups.

Read Also: Committee seeks release of Uwezo fund to youth

Male MPs who vainly defended the motion argued that men are also taxpayers and deserve to be included in State funded programmes.

Meanwhile, the House resolved that the government should liberalise the air fares including awarding of licenses to other airline operators saying the move intends to promote fair competition and quality services free from mistreatment of clients.

The motion that was moved by Changamwe MP, Omar Mwinyi was passed unanimously by legislators who also argued that the liberalisation of fares and licensing of other airline players would mark an end to the monopoly enjoyed by the Kenya Airways.

The debate session was presided over by acting Speaker who is also the Nairobi County MP, Rachael Shebesh.

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