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Meeting the Gender Rule and Addressing the Representation Conundrum in Kenya



We, the people of Kenya gave unto ourselves a Constitution way back in August of 2010 in which, among other things, contemplates a situation where no holders of elective and appointive public offices should exceed two thirds of same gender, otherwise the famous gender principle/rule. This was particularly an affirmative action aimed at empowering woman in line with UNSCR 1325. To date, seven good years later, we have not been able to achieve this, thanks to a rogue Parliament that has increasingly and shamefully so, become a dis-honorable house of shame only fit for public theater and infantile games. By the way why can't we simply dissolve this Parliament? I mean how many times has it acted unconstitutionally? Enough of times.  

But it is equally captured by powers that be. It is Uhuru's "call house". When he wants security laws amendments, he summons the leadership of Parliament and literally sends them to go bring the amendments asap as he sips his fine expensive imported whisky. He does the same when he needs tax laws to milk dry a dying cow in the name of a Kenyan tax payer. But then there is this sick argument of "tufanye nini?" People! Why do we feel so helpless yet we own the sovereign power?!

I hardly suggest solutions in my arguments partly because my interest is to raise consciousness so that people are aware of their problems and start imagining and devising their own solutions. But then. For how long are you going to feel helpless in the presence of a governance structure that you have freely given unto yourselves? Why keep entertaining this crap from politicians suggesting they are equally helpless because apparently Kenyans gave them a Constitution that makes their work difficult etc? Huh! As if they are not Kenyans, no?

 Anyway. The debate is on so called wage bill vis-à-vis two thirds gender rule. Here is the thing. Let’s go back to Bomas. We need to reduce counties to 10 largely in line with former provinces. Meru and Embu curved off former Eastern and be part of Central or Mount Kenya county; part of north Rift hived to join former North Eastern to form two counties and the Coast to be split into South and north Coast counties. Nairobi should remain as capital and see of the national government (with no county government). Each county to be headed by a governor and not more than 7 county executives headed by the Chief county executive to double up as Minister and vice of the governor effectively doing away with deputy governors, majority of whom are simply doing nothing.

Each county to have not more than 30 MCAs (to be determined by the IEBC based on demographic spread) making them a 30 elected-members assemblies; each county to have 2 elected Senators (making up a 20 elected members-Senate) and 5 members of the National Assembly (making a 50 elected members-National Assembly). Once elections are over the nominations will be purely based on the two third gender rule as cases may be.

The worst large possible House of Representatives we can ever in such a case, upon meeting gender rule through nominations, shall be a 100-members National Assembly assuming there will be such time in our history when Kenyans will go to the poll and purely elect members of one gender. The largest possible Senate shall be one comprised of 40 members and 60 members for the possible biggest county assembly in Kenya. By so doing, we shall have addressed a number of things. They include over-representation, meeting the requirements of the gender principle while substantially addressing the huge public wage. This is also expected to check the kind of mediocrity we have in the public sector, especially our various Houses of Representations. We shall ensure small manageable groups in those houses that can be effectively checked, for instance, the public can easily follow proceedings especially on the attendance of the members and most importantly the quality of their participation especially through debate. Those must be spaces where meaningful debates take place not the kind of things that we currently see. We must never forget making the packages for elective positions as unattractive as possible and crippling the powers of politicians to ‘double deal’ i.e holding public offices and engage in other business, for instance, one must not be allowed to practice law while holding public office. Why is one Wilson Sossioni, for instance, Member of Parliament and Secretary General of the Kenyan National Union of teachers (KNUT)?


Meeting the Gender Rule and Addressing the Representation Conundrum in Kenya Meeting the Gender Rule and Addressing the Representation Conundrum in Kenya Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on November 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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