Kenya parliament fails to make way for women MPs – again

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By Lorlornyofm February 28, 2019 07:37

Kenya parliament fails to make way for women MPs – again

The number of elected women rose from 16 in 2013 to the current 22 elected in 2017Image caption: The number of elected women rose from 16 in 2013 to the current 22 elected in 2017

A vote intended to guarantee Kenyan women more seats in parliament has fallen through because of the lack of a quorum.

The speaker of parliament, Justin Muturi, said the motion was “lost” after only 174 MPs turned up for the vote – far short of the 233 required for any constitutional amendment to be voted upon.

The bill provided for extra places for women MPs, in line with the 2010 constitution which states that “not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender”.

This is the fourth time an attempt to address the gender imbalance in the Kenyan parliament has failed.

Women have spent more than eight years pushing for a bigger role in politics and public service through the enactment of the law.

You can read more about the campaign in our Letter from Africa by Kenyan journalist, Joseph Warungu.

BBC

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