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Uhuru must step up for Kenyan women

05 May 2015, 21:38 William Korir

Nairobi - Women MPs have vowed to organize a million woman march unless legislation seeking to have the 2 thirds genre rule in public appointments removed is stopped.

The MPs stated Tuesday in a Press Conference in Nairobi that unless the suggested legislation is not taken up, they will ensure that life is hell in the country.

Speaking under the Kenya Women Parliamentarians Association KEWOPA, the MPs said their views were not sought in drawing up of the Bill.

The Bill has been fronted by Samuel Chepkong’a, chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

Further, president Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to ensure that the Bill does not come to fruition as a show of goodwill to Kenyan women.

KEWOPA chair, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire said at a press conference at Parliament buildings that Chepkong’a ignored the recommendations of the technical working group formed to deliberate on the matter.

The group had together the Attorney-General's office, the Gender Commission as well as other groups.

" Chepkong’a must immediately withdraw the Bill from the floor of the House. We don’t think this is kind for the women of Kenya. There should be consultation on how we can achieve the two-thirds gender rule," an animated Mbarire said.

" We are going to remove our gloves and fight for the rights of women in this country. We got them painstakingly; we must defend them without fear or favour. As women we are coming out strongly on this matter," she added.

The MPs stated their surprise that Chepkong'a published the Bill, brought it before Parliament all in one day.

Then there was the clamour for the president, Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and solve the impasse by having the proposed legislation dropped.

If he does so, according to political activist Michael Njenga, his star would rise significantly.

" He must quickly stop it because it threatens to further kill the constitution Kenyans fought hard to have," he says.

" Also, it will earn him political points at a time Kenyans are unhappy with several other matters such as the rising cost of living and insecurity," he adds.

There has yet to be any word from State House regarding the sensitive matter.

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