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MP opposes Gender rule fearing bloated wage bill

28 April 2016, 18:28 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - Kieni MP Kanini Kega has expressed his reservations towards the Gender rule Bill saying it will lead to bloated wage bill.

He said the Bill if passed at its current state will affect Kenyans financially since they have to cough more money for MPs’ salaries.

Speaking to Journalists at White rhino hotel on Thursday, Kega explained that the next parliament will have 450 MPs.

He disclosed that he abstained from voting during Wednesday parliament proceedings when the Bill failed to meet the threshold of 233 votes.

Only 195 members voted in support, with Kega saying that civil society groups had sent threatening messages to MPs.

Speaker Justin Muturi, however, gave the Bill a new lifeline after ordering a fresh vote on May 5th to allow time for consultation within political parties.

“The Bill will be passed though faulty and we shall support it due to the constitutional deadlines. If we fail to pass it then any Kenyan can petition dissolution of the national assembly,” said Kega.

He observed that women will shun from engaging in competitive politics and lobby for party nomination.

He gave instance of Nyeri County where two women were elected, Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town) and Mary Wambui (Othaya), as he asked other counties to emulate Nyeri.

“The elected women MPs representing constituencies will be disadvantaged because we shall have very many women in parliament who did not work hard. Parliament should not be a place of creating jobs for some people and of one gender,” said the MP.

He added that the Bill does not provide procedures of nomination process.

The MP noted that the new constitution is 20 per cent faulty and needs a lot of amendments.

The Bill, published by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, is seeking to have any shortage in the number of gender representation in parliament be covered by party nominations.

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