Women suffer setback after MPs fail to pass gender bill
06 May 2016, 12:37
Nairobi - Kenyan women will have to seek other means to ensure fair representation after members of parliament shot down the gender bill for the second time.
The bill seeks to implement Article 81 of the Constitution which requires that not more than two-thirds of either gender is represented at both Senate and National Assemblies.
Despite a lot of lobbying by women MPs and women rights organizations, the Bill failed to pass through to second reading.
According to Daily Nation, only 178 MPs out of the required 233 voted for the Bill, with majority choosing to abstain from voting.
16 votes were cast against it, with Standard citing political intrigue, chauvinism and apathy as some of the reasons the Bill could not garner enough support.
In April, majority of MPs failed to show up in Parliament when the Bill was first brought up for the first reading.
This forced the Speaker, Justin Muturi to order for a fresh vote, which also failed.
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