January 16, 2013

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The Constitution has created a rule of maximum threshold of two-thirds of either gender to elective and appointive offices. While this rule is attainable in the case of appointive offices, it is not as easy in an elective process. In the event that the gender rule is not achieved at county assemblies, nominations will have to be made to fulfil this constitutional requirement. This has enormous negative financial implications to the county revenue and should be of great concern to all Kenyans. This will have enormous negative demands on the limited resources allocated to the county governments in terms of huge wage bills; monies that have otherwise been used for infrastructural development will have to service the wage bills for the blotted county assembly members.

There is need to ensure that adequate civic education is conducted with a view to ensuring that we elect adequate number of women to meet the minimum 1/3 gender rule.  Women need to stand up and demand for what is rightfully theirs, by doing so will give them a higher chance of being elected and fighting for the change they desire. Additionally,  women leaders should also contest for other elective positions like governor, members of parliament and not just women representative to fulfil this constitution requirement.

Kenya has the lowest female representation in the whole of Africa with 9.8%, compared to Rwanda 56.3%, Tanzania 36.0%, Uganda 35.0% and Burundi 30.5%. In South Africa the representation is 55%. Women have the capability of being good leaders and we have an opportunity to prove this.

“Do not judge me until you know me, do not underestimate me until you have challenged me and do not talk about me until you have talked to me.” Unknown.


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