Alvin Mwangi and Mercy Mwai @PeopleDailyKe
Members of the National Assembly are this afternoon scheduled to vote on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2018 that seeks to implement the two-thirds gender rule.
Speaker Justin Muturi and Leader of Majority Aden Duale appealed to legislators to avail themselves for the vote today.
“It is important for the House to heed to the provisions of the Constitution, please mobilise yourself on Wednesday to express yourself,” he said last week.
Muturi made the remarks after Duale told Parliament that House Business Committee had set Wednesday as the day when MPs will take a vote on the bill.
And yesterday, women leaders who were involved in series of meetings planning on the voting called on their counterparts to come out in large numbers and vote for the gender bill.
Drawn from different political parties, the women leaders challenged government to ensure the bill goes through. “It is our expectation that the Majority Leader will lobby enough for the bill the same way he does when he introduces executive bills in Parliament,” said Kirinyaga Woman Rep Purity Ngirici.
Meanwhile, the women leaders threatened not to support the referendum calls if the bill will not be passed. Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege (pictured, left) said there was no way the government would say it was committed to amending the Constitution without first honouring the current one.