Gen­der top-up to cost Sh1.9bn

A pal­try 96 women elected as ward reps out of 1,450 seats

Business Daily (Kenya) - - FRONT PAGE - David Herbling hdavid@ke.na­tion­media.com

Tax­pay­ers will once again foot an ex­tra wage bill of Sh1.98 bil­lion an­nu­ally as salaries and al­lowances of nom­i­nated county as­sem­bly mem­bers af­ter Kenyans failed to elect the req­ui­site num­ber of fe­male ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Au­gust 8 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Tax­pay­ers will once again foot an ex­tra wage bill of Sh1.98 bil­lion an­nu­ally as salaries and al­lowances of nom­i­nated county as­sem­bly mem­bers af­ter Kenyans failed to elect the req­ui­site num­ber of fe­male ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Au­gust 8 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

An ex­tra 559 fe­male ward leg­is­la­tors have been pub­lished by

An ex­tra 559 fe­male ward leg­is­la­tors has been pub­lished by the IEBC

the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (IEBC) af­ter none of the 47 county as­sem­blies at­tained the con­sti­tu­tional gen­der ra­tio that no more than two-thirds of elec­tive or ap­pointive bod­ies shall be made up of mem­bers from the same gen­der.

Kenyans elected a pal­try 96 women as mem­bers of county as­sem­blies out of the to­tal 1,450 wards, ac­cord­ing to data from the IEBC.

The Na­tional Gen­der and Equal­ity Com­mis­sion de­cried the high price of pam­per­ing the ad­di­tional gen­der top-up to the county as­sem­blies, say­ing had Kenyans cho­sen women at the bal­lot, the cash would have been chan­nelled to fund other devel­op­ment projects.

“It is im­por­tant to note that if

Kenyans elected women, there would be no need to cre­ate ex­tra seats,” said Na­tional Gen­der and Equal­ity Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Win­fred Lichuma.

In to­tal, tax­pay­ers will cough Sh9.91 bil­lion to re­mu­ner­ate the spe­cial gen­der seats for the en­tire five-year term of the new county as­sem­blies due to be sworn next month.

Nairobi County tops the list with 34 ex­tra nom­i­nated women ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives fol­lowed by Ki­ambu (28), Kakamega (25), Kisii (20), with Meru and Nakuru get­ting 19 ad­di­tional fe­male county as­sem­bly mem­bers each.

A dozen coun­ties namely Embu, Garissa, Isi­olo, Ka­ji­ado, Kirinyaga, Man­dera, Narok, Sam­buru, Taita Taveta, Turkana, Wa­jir, and West Pokot did not elect a sin­gle woman to the re­gional as­sem­blies – hence will col­lec­tively nom­i­nate 128 women.

In­com­ing ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives will earn a monthly ba­sic pay of Sh144,375, ac­cord­ing to data from the Salaries and Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­sion.

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GEN­DER EQ­UITY Ms Win­fred Lichuma.

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