Gender Bill among laws prioritised when MPs resume sittings

May 6, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 5:02 pm
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The bill which has faced rejection several times on at the Floor of the House is seeking to ensure that no more than two-thirds of the MPs are of one gender/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – The two-thirds gender rule Bill will be one of the top agenda for Members of Parliament once they come from recess next week.

The bill which has faced rejection several times on the Floor of the House seeks to ensure that no more than two-thirds of MPs are of one gender.

“Priority business for consideration will be a Bill to amend the Constitution to actualise the two-thirds gender rule introduced by the Leader of the Majority Party to ensure that no more than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament are of one gender,” read a program from Parliament between May 9 to June 15.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who is spearheading the Bill has already pledged to ensure the law passes once the House resumes sittings on May 9.

The Bill will guide implementation of the two-thirds gender requirement both in the National Assembly and Senate membership and other appointments to government positions.

It will also see an increase in the number of special seats in Parliament.

Other top priorities for the Legislature will be debating and passing The Finance Bill, 2017 which will guide in providing revenue-raising measures for the 2017/2018 financial year.

MPs also plan to focus on The Health Bill 2015 aimed at consolidating health-related matters into one Bill for ease.

The bill has been pending for two years.

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