Fida joins case chal­leng­ing Par­lia­ment for not pass­ing gen­der rule

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Fed­er­a­tion of Women Lawyers has been en­joined in a case in which two NGOs are chal­leng­ing Par­lia­ment’s re­fusal to en­act the two-thirds gen­der rule. Fida will be an in­ter­ested party. High Court judge Joseph Onguto (be­low) also di­rected the Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker, his Se­nate coun­ter­part and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral to file their re­sponses within 21 days. The mat­ter will be men­tioned on Oc­to­ber 6.

The Cen­tre for Rights Ed­u­ca­tion and Aware­ness and the Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cacy and Aware­ness Trust filed the case fol­low­ing Par­lia­ment’s fail­ure to en­act a mech­a­nism to im­ple­ment the gen­der prin­ci­ple at the na­tional level, less than a year to the gen­eral elec­tion. The gen­der prin­ci­ple says not more than two thirds of the mem­bers of elec­tive or ap­pointive bod­ies shall be of the same gen­der, in so far as this ap­plies to the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Se­nate. Through lawyer Dis­mas Wam­bola, CREAW and CAAT want Par­lia­ment com­pelled to im­ple­ment the gen­der rule. Oth­er­wise, the Chief Jus­tice should ad­vise the Pres­i­dent to dis­solve Par­lia­ment.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions also seek to have Par­lia­ment and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral di­rected to take steps and en­sure the re­quired leg­is­la­tion is en­acted on time and report to the Chief Jus­tice, whose seat is va­cant. Full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the prin­ci­ple was to be achieved through leg­is­la­tion that should have been in place by Au­gust 27 last year. The Na­tional As­sem­bly ex­tended the pe­riod by one year after the dead­line.

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