Friday November 23, 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, have summoned their MPs to deliberate on the Two Third Gender Bill that will be voted in Parliament next week.
Jubilee and ODM are the two biggest parties in the House and their support is crucial to the bill sailing through. Jubilee has 140 MPs followed by ODM with 62.
The bill is set to be put to vote on Wednesday next week. It requires a two-thirds majority or 233 of the 349 MPs in the National Assembly to amend Article 97 of the Constitution and pave way for additional nomination slots for women other than the current 12.
Uhuru has summoned Jubilee MPs to State House on Tuesday next week and Raila Odinga has summoned ODM MPs at Orange House on Tuesday.
The two leaders will try to rally their troops to support the bill that has divided Kenyans into two.
However some Jubilee MPs have said they will go against Uhuru and Raila’s wish since the bill will open a door for “slay queens to slay or massage their way into the National Assembly”.
Others have described it the epitome of laziness in complying with the constitutional requirement.
But women in Parliament led by nominated MP Cecily Mbarire has put up a spirited fight in defence of the bill.
The Kenyan DAILY POST