, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – The Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) on Wednesday called on women to apply for vacant positions in the county and national assembly.
CIC chairman Charles Nyachae said there were many elective and appointive positions in the national and county levels which women including those from marginalised groups should seek.
“The commission wishes to encourage individuals from minority and marginalised groups and in particular women, youth and persons with disabilities to apply,” he urged.
He regretted that women lost out in the just concluded elections, noting that only 16 women and two persons with disabilities were elected to the National Assembly apart from the Woman County Representative which was set aside only for women.
Because of the designated Woman County Representative, there are at least 47 women who will be in Parliament representing women.
He said this was a very small number compared to the 290 electoral positions that were being contested.
“This situation calls for a reflection by Kenyans on how we can work towards a more inclusive government,” he pointed out.
Nyachae urged the Senate, National Assembly, County Assembly, political parties and also the civil society to ensure they support a balance of having women and people from minority groups are included.
Some of the positions that women, people with special needs and the youth can now grab are the Speaker of National Assembly, Deputy Speaker, Speaker of the Senate, 47 Speakers of county assemblies and 47 County Secretaries among others.
There are also positions of 470 county executive committee members, county chief officers and 329 members of county public service boards where every county will have seven members in the board.