Thursday 1 June 2023
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MPs to start debate on two-thirds gender rule

MPs will today start debating on a Bill to increase the number of women parliamentarians.

The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2018, sponsored by National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale seeks to ensure Parliament complies with the crucial two-thirds gender principle. The Bill is in the second reading.

A similar bid flopped in the last Parliament after male lawmakers ganged up to throw out the proposal, which was heavily backed by their women counterparts.

In a well-calculated move to defeat the Bill in last Parliament, male MPs boycotted the vote, denying the requisite numbers to have it pass. Some male lawmakers claimed the Bill was an affront to democracy, as it would give women “free seats” and give room for political bigwigs to nominate their girlfriends.

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