Chepkonga criticises absent female MPs
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.