Kandara MP Alice Wahome [photo: Kenyans.co]
Nov, 5th 2020 – Women legislators supporting Deputy President William Ruto have expressed their reservations on the BBI report terming it as gender insensitive.
The women, under the Inua Mama Umbrella, led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome and Uasin Gishu Women Rep Gladys Shollei, castigated the Naivasha BBI retreat saying it sidelined issues on gender parity.
Women Rep Gladys Shollei, says the women will campaign against the report, should President Uhuru Kenyatta fail to call for a national dialogue. They have threatened to lead the NO campaign in the referendum sayin the BBI report has eroded gains secured for women. She said, “Leaders should not go out there are try to lie to women that the BBI takes care of their interests.“
The MPs say the report has gone against the inclusivity ideals stipulated in the 2010 Constitution. Fith Gitau, Nyandarua Women Representative said that the government failed to explain how the two thirds gender rule will be achieved.
On September, President Uhuru Kenyatta was advised to dissolve parliament by Chief Justice Maraga over the same issue. Gitau on Wednesday said, “The President has been asked to dissolve Parliament but the BBI seems not to address this constitutional crisis.“
Although women have been pushing for more representation in Parliament, they are not sure if the additional 70 seats proposed in the report will benefit them. It is also not clear that some of the top executive positions will go to women, terming it as contentious as it is not clear how the gender parity will be achieved.
Speaking to Journalists, Gitau said that the BBI has not mentioned how the rule will be achieved in top civil service positions, diplomatic corps and other senior government roles. “The report says those eyeing governor position shall consider…meaning it is not compulsory. There is a lot of ambiguity in the report.“
She says that they will mobilize women to reject the BBI report as it does not address the key issues. she said, “It has been a 30-year journey to get to where we are. We will not allow the gains achieved to be lost under our watch.“
Nominated Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire said, “When you have something good, you are supposed to make it even better.“