Home News Women Leaders Shower Praises on Senator Mutula

Women Leaders Shower Praises on Senator Mutula

  • In a press conference on November 25 marking the kick-off for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, women leaders drawn from different walks of life showered praises on Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr for his role in advocating for women’s representation through the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    The bill sponsored by Senator Mutula and nominated senator Farhiya Ali proposed an amendment to the Constitution to give effect to the two-thirds gender principle through the creation of what they termed as ‘special seats’.

    Led by former Nyeri Women Rep, Priscilla Nyokabi, the leaders hailed the senator for the bill that was unfortunately brought down by the Senate justice and legal affairs committee stating that additional female MPs would not have any impact to the nation.

    A past photo of Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr in the senate
    A past photo of Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr in the Senate

    “We want to thank Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr for staying true to his mandate as an elected senator. He put his real effort in coming up with this bill,” remarked Nyokabi.

    “I thank the senator for being a people’s representative and for showing his ardent support and respect for the Constitution of Kenya,” added Nyokabi.

    Nominated senator Mary Yiane Seneta also heaped praises on Senator Mutula terming his efforts as a clear indication of ensuring constitutional women representation in the Senate and the National Assembly.

    “I laud Senator Mutula for the bill and also appreciate the efforts of Senator Farhiya Ali who also joined hands with Mutula to see to it that women are fully represented,” she stated.

    According to The Standard on November 22, the Senate legal affairs and justice committee, in a report tabled in the house, termed the impact of nominated women in the National Assembly and Senate was yet to be felt jeopardising efforts to accomplish the constitutional requirement for gender representation in Parliament.

    “The bill infringes on the political rights of the public by imposing that women be voted for,” reads part of the report as quoted by The Standard.

    KEWOPA MPs protest at Parliament after the two third Gender Bill failed to pass again on February 27.
    Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (Kewopa) MPs address journalists at Parliament buildings after the two-third Gender Bill failed to pass again on February 27.

    However, the female leaders have vowed to fight for the nomination positions in and out of Parliament calling upon the president to see to it that the constitution was followed promptly.

    In February 2019, the bill tabled by National Assembly majority leader Adan Duale, that sought to amend the Constitution to provide for special nomination seats for women to bridge the gender gap in Parliament flopped for the fourth time, with only 174 members present.

    The bill sought to create special nomination posts for women in the National Assembly and Senate ensuring not more than two-thirds of seats in appointive and elective bodies would be of the same gender.

  • 11,445FansLike


    ‘Carry your own cross!’ Uhuru tells leaders facing graft charges

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned leaders against politicizing the fight against corruption in the country. Speaking on Sunday at the St. Francis of Assis Parish...

    Court suspends CBD parking fee hike

    High Court Judge James Makau has on Wednesday, December 4, temporarily stopped implementation of new Nairobi County parking fees. This follows an application by Consumer...

    Mudavadi reveals what pushed Raila into Handshake

    Former Deputy Prime Minister says in his autobiography that rapprochement between President and Opposition leader was a result of pressure from Western missions to...

    Jumia shuts down Tanzania business in portfolio review

    Online retailer Jumia Technologies, often called “the Amazon of Africa,” has closed its e-commerce business in Tanzania, it said in a statement on Thursday,...

    Jowie to spend Christmas in prison as bail ruling pushed to February 2020

    Joseph Irungu, the key suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, will spend the second Christmas in remand pending a ruling on his...

    Monica Kimani murder case: Intriguing details emerge as 4 witnesses testify

    Slain businesswoman Monica Kimani lived with a man in her Lamuria apartment where she was discovered dead shortly after jetting into the country from...

    Two years later: Ofweneke’s ex Nicah The Queen flaunts new man

    It’s been close to two years since gospel singer Nicah the Queen parted ways with her ex-husband, Dr Ofweneke after accusing the comedian of domestic...

    So what? Betty Kyallo tells off troll over failed Okari marriage

    Since the advent of social media, publishing powers were handed to anyone with a phone and internet connection. The rise in social media usage has...