Kisii leaders slam MPs over gender Bill, pay hike bid


Manson Nyamweya
Manson Nyamweya

A showdown looms at the National Assembly over the vote on the gender Bill expected on Wednesday.

This even as Kisii leaders came out strongly to criticise MPs and accused them of being ‘self -centred’.

According to Mr. Manson Oyongo Nyamweya, the Kenya National Congress Party leader, the gender Bill is of utmost importance but the formulae needs rethinking.

“The country is grappling with issues of over representation so such posts need to be elective,” he said.

The former South Mugirango MP further criticised lawmakers for pushing for a salary increment amid challenges facing the country.

He cited the agricultural sector where farmers have reportedly gone without pay due to unscrupulous deals allegedly involving the National cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).

Ms. Rachel Otundo, the Kisii County Governance Watch Chairperson, echoed his sentiments.

According to her, MPs are to blame for passing a controversial law barring women who contested for elective seats from being nominated.

Ms. Otundo vied for the Kisii County Woman Rep seat last year but lost to Ms. Janet Ongera.

“If MPs have the interests of women in the Assembly at heart such controversial laws should be scrapped to allow genuine empowerment,” she said.

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