……………….The Two-thirds Gender Bill….will it at the end of it all see the light of the day. And, is it the right time to implement the Gender Bill which calls for the enactment and institutionalization of the gender equality? And, do we need to entrench the Gender Bill in our constitution to attain that gender equality? Or, do we do away with it once and for all?………….

………..The Two-thirds Gender Bill….will it at the end of it all see the light of the day. And, is it the right time to implement the Gender Bill which calls for the enactment and institutionalization of the gender equality? And, do we need to entrench the Gender Bill in our constitution to attain that gender equality? Or, do we do away with it once and for all?

These are the questions which are lingering in our minds when we are discussing the Gender Bill. It is turning out to be the quagmire which Kenyans are trying to crack which is turning out to be a Pitt ball, with discussions revolving around whether we do need the gender equality through the Gender Bill in the first place.

And, this snowballing showcased itself recently when the Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, was forced to adjourn the voting of the Gender Bill in Parliament after he sensed that the Gender Bill couldn’t marshal the required quorum to warrant it’s voting in the National Assembly.

He had to shelve it a bit to cool down the temperatures the Bill had generated when it was being debated in the floor of the House. Most Members of Parliament had shown their displeasure to the Bill hence their opposition to it despite being begged by the President to pass it.

And, on this particular Gender Bill, this is the second time we are having a crack at it as a nation. Whenever it comes up for debate in Parliament, most of the male Members of Parliament express their reservations, arguing that, if passed, the new law would not further the cause of public interest.

It has been receiving cols reception from the male Members of Parliament and most Kenyans who think that women don’t deserve that special privilege to warrant them to be awarded special seats in Parliament.

Also, another argument being fronted has it that additional Members of Parliament will add another burden to the Kenyan citizenry. Thus, this Gender Bill isn’t striking the right chord to the Kenyan citizenry hence the cold reception and opposition it’s receiving.

The Gender Bill was a resultant of the new constitutional order we adopted in 2010. The constitution created an avenue for the entrenchment and institutionalization of the affirmative action by the passage through the passage of the necessary legislation to actualize the Gender Bill.

The enactment of this Gender Bill would have seen more women being nominated in Parliament.

And, since then, the two-thirds Gender Bill we proposed in the constitution has remained unresolved despite efforts by mainly, women Members of Parliament to have the necessary legislation enacted to operationalize it.

The clash of opinions that the Two-thirds Gender Bill normally precipitates tells it all. The opposers of the Bill argue that women shouldn’t seek favors on a silver platter but instead, they should fight for the positions and place in the society.

They also argue that of great concern is the failure to come up with clear criteria on nomination.


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