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Respect my personal opinion, Muturi tells women MPs

13 May 2015, 14:21 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi has told women parliamentarians to respect his personal opinion on the ongoing debate about the two thirds gender rule.

Speaking Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call to Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Muturi said that just like any other Kenyan, he has a constitutional right to hold personal opinion on national issues.

He said that no one should attack him for giving his personal views as he has allowed also others to air their views.

“When people start attacking others just because they have a different opinion from the one they hold then that is violating our very own constitution which guarantees all Kenyans the right to hold personal opinion on national issues and air their views without being intimidated.

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“I want to tell women members of parliament that the views I gave about the two thirds gender rule were my personal views as an individual but not in my capacity as the Speaker," said Muturi.

He told the women MPs to leave him alone and sort out their issues saying that he is an impartial referee who will go by what the majority will want.

“Even if the issue comes to parliament, I will have little say because all I do as the Speaker is to preside over debate. I don’t determine how the debate concludes because that is the responsibility of members of parliament,” he said.

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