Chep­konga crit­i­cises ab­sent fe­male MPs

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Fe­male MPs were yes­ter­day crit­i­cised for miss­ing out on a cru­cial House sit­ting to al­low vot­ing on the Two-Thirds Gen­der Bill at the third read­ing stage.

Jus­tice and Le­gal Af­fairs com­mit­tee chair­man Sa­muel Chep­konga, who moved the mo­tion, was up­set by the ab­sence of women leg­is­la­tors. The House post­poned the vot­ing to Tues­day next week.

“Var­i­ous leg­isla­tive in­ter­ven­tions have been made for the coun­try to at­tain the two-thirds gen­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion as pro­vided in the Con­sti­tu­tion, but I can only see four women present out of the more than 47 when this House is full,” Chep­konga said.

The pro­posed bill in­tends to have more women in the Na­tional Assem­bly and the Se­nate. This will be re­alised pro­gres­sively by amend­ing Ar­ti­cle 81 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The amend­ments al­low in­creased women par­tic­i­pa­tion in the po­lit­i­cal process. The pro­posed law em­pha­sises elec­tion of women through ca­pac­ity build­ing, civic ed­u­ca­tion, fa­cil­i­ta­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in po­lit­i­cal party af­fairs.

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