Muturi postpones 2/3 gender rule vote

Muturi postpones 2/3 gender rule vote

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National Speaker Justin Muturi during a past Parliament session. PHOTO: FILE.

Nairobi, KENYA: National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi has postponed the vote involving 2/3 gender rule bill that seeks realization of gender principle, rescheduling it  for Thursday next week.

Muturi ordered a fresh vote on the bill after only 195 members of parliament voted for the bill and 27 rejected while others failed to vote for it.

In his ruling Muturi cautioned MPs against failing to vote after it emerged that a section of MPs didn’t cast their vote a factor that complicated the exercise further.

“I would like to encourage our brothers we are not bribing you for the sake of our sisters, aunts and our grandmothers .“Mbita member of parliament Millie Odhiambo said

The bill tabled by majority leader Aden Duale seeks to allow for nomination of more women to Parliament should the the general election fail to reach the constitution threshold of the either gender.

“What we are doing Mr speaker is historical, what the 9th parliament could not do what 10th parliament could not  achieve .”Duale said.

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Initially, a bill which seeks to deter judiciary from intervening into legislative matters was read for the third time barring courts to rule any matter tabled in the chambers or committees; so as  to avert clash between the two institutions, upholding the principle of independence.

The bill was tabled in parliament by Homa Bay legislator Peter Kaluma.