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Speaker Muturi roots for constitution review to achieve total inclusivity

Muturi says there are particular provisions in the constitution that needs to be seriously re-looked, clauses which he says if are given attention will boost the unification process of bringing all people on-board/file

NAIROBI, Kenya May 9 – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has underscored the need for a constitution review so as to actualize the idea of an all-inclusive system of government.

Muturi says there are particular provisions in the constitution that needs to be seriously re-looked, clauses which he says if are given attention will boost the unification process of bringing all people on-board.

While giving his submission to the Building Bridges Initiative Team (BBI) at Parliament buildings on Thursday, Muturi for instance cited Article 27 of the Constitution that stipulates that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.

He noted that a review of the same would make the process to be a favorable one contrary to the current one where it has proved to be difficult for women to garner more seats in an exercise that is male dominated where women are expected to compete.

“We cannot have an electoral system where it is a 100 meters dash between men and women and yet we have to ensure that a woman gets to the top and that a man follows. These are issues that I think we really need to address,” he said.

Parliament has failed in a record fourth time to pass the two thirds gender Bill that seeks to increase the number of women parliamentarians in the House.

Muturi also emphasized the need to have the conduct of elections in the country looked at in a bid to ensure that the exercise which is often hotly contested leaves all parties contended when the exercise is concluded.

He proposed that from the varied opinions he has heard from some of his colleagues in the House, he is also of the view that politics in the country should be based on party ideologies and not on personalities, this he said can be embedded in the constitution.

But even as he was submitting some of his proposals to the Senator Yusuf Haji (Garissa) led task-force, Muturi requested the team to give his time so that he can seek the views of both Houses of Parliament and present a detailed and a comprehensive document.

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He proposed that he would convene a sitting of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) which he chairs and has a composition of four MPs and three Senators to deliberate on the recommendations and later present them to the task-force.

The task-force whose tenure was set to expire this month was given a five-month extension, consequently, they are expected to submit their final report to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga on October 23.

The team was gazetted last year on May after President Kenyatta and Odinga decided to bury the hatchet following a divisive electioneering period that almost threatened to split the country.

According to Haji, the team has already collected views from 32 counties and a number of consultative groups ranging from human rights bodies to political parties.

During his State of the Nation Address last month, President Kenyatta committed to set aside a Sh10 billion fund that will heal the wounds of historical grievance “which have long poisoned by our politics and strained communal relations”.

He stressed that he will not turn back on the process of uniting the country while maintaining that the report prepared by the BBI team would soon be acted upon.

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