The county governor for Makueni, Kivutha Kibwana has criticized the members of the National Assembly saying that the legislators have failed Kenyans in failing to honor the constitutional call to implement the two thirds gender bill in the country.
Members of the National Assembly for the fourth time failed to vote for the enactment of the two-thirds gender bill that seeks to increase the number of women MPs in the National Assembly and the Senate.
“The National Assembly has failed to pass the two third gender bill, many East African countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have agreed that there’s need for the women to participate in the National Assembly.” Said Kibwana.
The Governor has warned that failure by the members of the National Assembly to vote for the bill is a clear indication that there will be hitches in voting for the proposed referendum.
“If the Kenyan Parliament has failed to pass the bill, I doubt whether the proposed referendum will go through because if we have failed to pass one bill, it will be difficult for us to vote for the referendum which requires more”
Immediately the speaker for the National Assembly Justin Muturi declared that the bill had failed, women MPs swore to distract every government activities within the parliament. This came even after Kenyan Women Parliamentary Association ( Kewopa) lobbied for their male legislators to support the bill.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leader Raila Odinga had also appealed for the MPs to back the bill but the legislators failed to turn up.