Speaker Muturi's plot to counter controversial gender bill

Plan B for stalled Bill

Speaker Justin Muturi with Majority Leader Aden Duale

The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has rallied Members of Parliament to push for implementation of Article 100 of the new Constitution of Kenya 2010 instead of the Gender Bill.

Muturi argued that Article 100 supersedes the two-thirds Gender Bill, which seeks to amend the articles 97 and 98 of the Constitution, that talk about representation in Parliament.

Speaking on Friday, Muturi asked the Kenya Disability Parliamentary Association (KEDIPA), to push for implementation of Article 100 of the Constitution.

Marginalised groups

Article 100 talks about the promotion of the representation of marginalised groups. It should have been implemented within five years after promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.

Parliament is supposed to enact legislation to promote the representation in Parliament of women; persons with disabilities; youth; ethnic and other minorities; and marginalised communities.

Speaker Muturi stated: “This Article supersedes the noise we were hearing about the two-thirds Gender Bill."

Implemeting the Constitution

He added: "We are seeing people running around to say we should amend the Constitution and if we fail to do so that Parliament will be dissolved.”

The House Speaker questioned which part of the Constitution states that if Parliament does not amend the constitution, parliament will be dissolved.

Muturi argued, therefore, the only part of the 2010 Constitution, which has not been implemented, is Article 100.

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