Two Thirds Gender Bill to be Thrashed Out
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) No. 4 Bill of 2018 also known as the Duale 2 Bill is set to undergo fine tuning before coming up for second reading in the National Assembly. The development comes following a comprehensive public participation process on the Bill in which sticky issues were highlighted. The proposed law seeks to provide a framework for the implementation of the not more than two thirds gender principle in the National Assembly and Senate in line with Article 81(b) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
During a legislative dialogue session convened by NGEC in partnership with IDLO, with the membership of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association-(KEWOPA) the leadership of the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Senate Majority leader and leader of minority in Senate, Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda directed that a team of legal experts drawn from the Commission, Parliament, the Attorney General’s Office and the Kenya Law Reform Commission sit down to thrash out contentious clauses in the Bill that were raised during public participation.
Senator James Orengo and Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen advised that the Bill be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure loopholes that would expose it to rejection by members during debate are sealed.
The Commission is actively lobbying Parliament and other stakeholders to support the Bill which requires at least two thirds of members of parliament to pass.