Two-Thirds gender representation

Kristine Yakhama
Posted February 17, 2018 from Kenya

The President has shown that he does not care about the rule of law, especially regarding two-thirds gender representation.These are key appointments and there is no shortage of women.For him to refuse to even give the basic minimum is sending a very clear message to Kenyans that the rule of law is not priority.

Where he has appointed Cabinet administrative secretaries, the procedure in law - Article 132(4)A says that the Public service commission can make a recommendation and before doing so, give the rationale for it. Thus, there is a procedure and process how it should have been done.

By failing to follow the Constitution,Uhuru loses the moral ground to say anything about anybody else going against the law because he is leading in flouting it. Gender rules require nine women.

On regional balance, the seats have gone to Gema and the Kalenjin with the rest having been given a seat each.The President himself is a symbol of national unity and if we are talking in terms of power, authority and representation, the Kikuyu are represented by him being the President and likewise the Kalenjin are well represented by virtue of Ruto being the DP.

The Cabinet should bear greater competence and so the President has tried to accommodate all political rejects by sending some to foreign embassies.These positions are not about giving people jobs; they go to represent us in foreign lands and should give Kenya comparative advantage in those places, so it is about trade, diplomacy, negotiations, and not throwing people all over the place.

This story was submitted in response to You Are a Silence Breaker.

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Olutosin
Feb 17, 2018
Feb 17, 2018

Yes, you are right. The constitution should be strictlying adhered to,  nobody is above the law. Absolute power blinds our leaders vision.  They throw away how things are done to do only what pleases them. We will keep on speaking out.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Feb 18, 2018
Feb 18, 2018

Hi Kristine 

Well said and it's so unfortunate that the president is not respecting the constitution. This is something that needs to be addressed otherwise it will cause more unrest in the country.  

Thanks for sharing and hope to hear more of your stories. Stay blessed.  

Kristine Yakhama
Feb 21, 2018
Feb 21, 2018

Thanks Anita

Bim Adegbite
Dec 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

True talk. Especially in our African nations, we the people are going to have to be the voice that revolts against such abuse of power. With individual strong voices like yours hopefully a collective voice will emerge to ensure that our leaders respect and follow the rule of law. Thanks for sharing

Kristine Yakhama
Dec 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018

Thanks

Olubee
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Kristine,
thanks for sharing the plight of the women in Kenya.Women should be duly represented in all political offices.Women inclusion in governance is as important as governance itself.We need to be heard, we are co-partner in the race of life.
Thanks for sharing.

Kristine Yakhama
Dec 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018

Thanks