PEFA Church criticizes BBI on gender rule

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Nov, 20th 2020 – The Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) church, says that the BBI has failed to address the constitutional requirement on two-thirds gender rule in elective positions.

The church noted in concern that the transferring of women representatives from the national assembly to the senate, will deny them the opportunity to be appointed cabinet ministers. The presiding bishop John Okinda said that the church is not opposed to the document and that it is seeking to have a consensus building. He said, “The provisions, therefore, require further considerations and consultations to resolve this.”

The PEFA church noted that with political parties nominating Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner, this would compromise the situation. Okinda said, “This is a dangerous trend because IEBC will eventually be controlled by the same political parties and we are wondering why this time, a player is appointing a referee.”

The church insisted that the BBI should be inclusive of all issues affecting Kenyans. “Comprehensive civic education should be undertaken to ensure that all Kenyans are aware of the contents to make informed choices.”

On Covid-19, the church expressed their regrets on how the government has channeled its communication on BBI proposals neglecting serious health concerns especially with the rising cases of the virus.

Deputy presiding bishop of Pefa church, Bishop Samuel Munai, said “Yes, we may have the BBI document but shall we have the people we want to rule, doctors to treat us as we rule. We need to put more concentration on the current pandemic that we have so that we are safe.”

He has called onto the government to channel the sh14 billion expected to be used in the reform process to medically cover learners ahead of the full reopening in January, doctors and other frontline soldiers in the fight against Covid-19.

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