KENYAN PRESIDENT CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO PASS GENDER BILL

NAIROBI, — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the National Assembly to pass the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2015 as Members of Parliament prepared to vote on the Bill which seeks to allow for the nomination of more women to Parliament to meet the gender rule threshold.

The Bill, sponsored by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, states that if the number of elected women MPs did not meet the two-thirds gender rule, then the remaining number would be filled through nominations as was being in the county assemblies in an arrangement which would continue the next 20 years.

President Kenyatta Wednesday urged lawmakers to turn up in large numbers irrespective of their party affiliation and set in motion a process which will lead to the realization of the gender principle.

“We need to pass this Bill into law, to comply with the Constitutional provisions in Articles 27(8) and 81(b) on the composition of elective offices in Kenya. More broadly, we need to pass this legislation to secure gender equity in Government,” said the President.

“As President, I believe in the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, and I urge all members of the National Assembly, from every party, to turn up today in Parliament and vote for the Act. As leaders of this nation, we must model the example of submission to our constitution and the laws that we make.”

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK