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Women: Implement two thirds gender rule

29 October 2012, 13:23 Wesley Gachugu

Women groups in the country have threatened to go to court if the government will not implement the two thirds gender rule before the general election.

Under the Women Political Alliance banner, the women called for full implementation of the constitution adding that some quarters in the government have been opposing the move.

According to Daisy Amdany, the alliance's chairperson, the parliament will be sitting illegally after the general election if the rule will not be implemented to the latter.

"We are seeing a constitutional crisis in the country and everything will grind to a halt if parliament does not implement the two third gender rule," she warned.

She citied lack of political will as their main impediment, adding that a constitutional amendment bill that was drafted last year is yet to be debated by the house.

Amdany, who is also the executive director of Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust, said that there is no way out on the rule and time is running out.

"This rule should be applied in all areas from the county assembly to parliament and we will reject any move to change its current form as outlined in the constitution".

She said that a draft of recommendations on how to carry out the rule on constituency rotational basis was rejected by cabinet.

"We had our proposals that every four constituencies to elect a woman on rotational basis rejected by a cabinet and this is clearly lack of political will," she said.

The chairperson said that Kenya was signatory to several international treaties on gender parity, saying that the gender rule in the constitution must be adhered to.

"The Millennium Development Goals have a gender rule in it among other treaties and we don't want a situation like what happened in Egypt happen here," she added.

Amdany was speaking to the press after a meeting with over 300 women drawn from various areas in Nakuru County at Lake Side hotel in Naivasha. The forum was meant to create awareness on the two thirds same gender principle and to drum up for a mechanism to ensure its implementation.

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