Three female aspirants wants Parliament dissolved.

 

Three female aspiring candidates want parliament dissolves for failing to enact and pass the two thirds gender rule.

Wangui Ng’ang’a (Nairobi Women Representative), Esther Passaris (Nairobi Gubernatorial Aspirant), Rosa Buyu (Kisumu West constituency) said that the bi-cameral parliament have failed Kenyans and don’t deserve to be in existence.

“The constitution is clear about the gender rule, so we cannot be selective on implementation, this parliament needs to be dissolved like yesterday,” Rosa Buyu said.

Buyu explained that despite Supreme Court asking Parliament to put in place a framework for the realisation of the gender rule, little efforts have been done to realise the same.

Attempts to have the law in implemented have twice been flopped after the Senate and National Assembly failing to garner the requisite to pass it.

“When the government has a chance to implement the gender rule, it does not,” she noted.

Esther Passaris, a Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant shared Buyu’s sentiments saying that Parliament is operating illegally and it should be sent packing.

“If the Judiciary is working, they should send Parliament home for not fully implementing the constitution,” she said.

However, Passaris said that country risked facing a constitutional crisis in 2017 if the country goes to the polls without the bill in place.

To avert the calamity, the vocal and controversial businesswoman advised women to get into the battlefield and fight for their position.

On the contrary, Nominated Nairobi MCA Wangui Ng’ang’a suggested to achieve the gender parity the government needs to fund women who will be vying for the elective seats to meet the constitutional threshold.

“Can we first empower the ladies who are willing to run for elective seats right now? This country has a long way to go when it comes to empowering women,” she posed.

A fortnight ago, Attorney General Githu Muigai wrote to Senate and parliament warning of a possible dissolution of Parliament for failing to adhere to orders by the Supreme Court to enact a legislation implementing the 2/3rd gender principle.

Prof. Githu held in his communication to the two speakers that the legitimacy of the incoming 12th Parliament will be questionable if the gender rule is not attained.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, and Speaker of the Senate, Ekwee Ethuro, the Attorney General Githu Muigai strongly recommended the two to take note of the potential risks and consequences of not implementing the 2/3rd gender principle question.

Already, two civil societies have moved to court to compel parliament to pass legislation on the two thirds gender rule before the next year’s elections or risked dissolution.

The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and the National Women Steering Committee maintain that parliament has failed on its mandate to pass the law to implement the gender parity rule.

 

 

 

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