governor Anne Wiguru [photo: people daily]
Tuesday, 20th October – Women leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga, have opposed any attempt to scrap the 47 women rep positions in the yet to be released Building Bridges Initiative report.
The leaders say they will only support BBI if the women’s positions are retained and more slots created in the Senate. They are also calling for the two-third gender rule to be fixed completely.
The leaders, led by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Senator Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo are confident that there will be a permanent solution to the gender representation.
Waiguru said. “The best avenue to address the standoff that has frustrated the gender rule is the BBI. In this regard, while expressing our support for the BBI agenda, the process should not only protect but expand women’s gains in the Constitution.”
The leaders mentioned that the country’s population is represented by more than 50 per cent and they deserve to be at every level of governance.
She said, “We are asking for gender alternative so that if the governor is male, the deputy should be female, if the Speaker is male, the deputy speaker should be female. We have faith in the experts. It will not be just another proposal to Parliament.”