Women reps to be kicked out of parliament on
Women Rep camping outside parliament over assaults. PHOTO | T-Star

The Parliament prepared for a showdown between female MPs and their male counterparts over a radical proposal to scrap the 47  woman representative seats.

The majority of the MPS wants to scrap most elective posts and reduce counties as well. Punguza mzigo initiative by Ekuru Aukot will be discussed as well as waiting to table the Building Bridges initiative report.

"We need a coherent approach. They (MPs) should wait for the BBI initiative to bring its report; otherwise, we will end up mutilating the Constitution,” Lawyer Nzamba Kitonga said, who the chair of the committee of experts.

"Within the report, if there are any additions or subtractions, then we can make them, considering people’s participation,” kitonga added.

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, who was also a member of the CoE, said scrapping the seat is no walk in the park as it requires a referendum to change the current structure of the government.

“The question should be whether the objective of the affirmative action clause has been fulfilled,” Amollo said.

"We know it's not easy for women to win an election in the current electoral setup. I will, therefore, push for the bill to be published with provisions for two-term limits, " Taveta Mp Naomi Shaban echoed about the gender rule.

The new bill proposes to amend several laws including the Political Parties Act, the Persons with Disability Act, the National Gender and Equality Commission Act, the Election Campaign Financing Act and the Election Offences Act.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati is expected before the committee on Wednesday to give his views on the law seeking to achieve gender balance through the ballot.

Women have cried foul on the gender bill which makes women hold more posts to make the third rule unlike the number of women today. 

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