Women activists call upon president Kenyatta to give priority to women in cabinet appointments

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,22ND JAN 2018-Women activists  wants president Kenyatta to give priority to women when appointing his final lot of cabinet secretaries.The activists who  presented a petition to the Office of the President at Harambee house on Monday demanded that Uhuru Kenyatta appoints at least nine women to the Cabinet to meet two-thirds gender threshold.

According to the Chief Executive of the Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness, Wangeci Wachira, President Kenyatta to ensure that ideals of gender equality are met as per the 2010 Constitution.

“On 5th January the President unveiled nine nominees to the Cabinet. All the nine nominees were of one gender (male).The President, under (Art27(8)) can form a Cabinet with a maximum of 22 Cabinet Secretaries. Out of the possible 13 positions that remain the President must by law ensure at least nine go to women,” said Wachira.

She led a group of women to Harambee House where they presented the petition.

Speaking when she led a group of Women in presenting the petition to the president ,Mrs Wachira  said that the gender principle has not been adhered to in Parliament nor has it been given any consideration in the ongoing appointments to the Cabinet.

Currently there are only 76 women in the National Assembly which is 41 short of the required number. In the Senate, the threshold for the two-thirds gender-principle is 23 members of either gender. Currently, there are 21 female Senators which is two short of the required number.

According to the petition, Parliament is improperly constituted and operating outside the law, but this is under litigation in the High Court of Kenya.

A representative in the Office of the President received the petition and assured  them that  it will get to the President .

 

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