12 June 2002

Kenya: Four MPs Pass Bill As Others Watch World Cup

Parliament yesterday began on a low key as majority of MPs hurriedly left the House to go and watch a World Cup match.

Members went to watch Cameroon take on Germany in the members private lounge.

And in a record 15 minutes, the committee of the whole House met and passed the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Bill No 1.

This took place soon after question time at 3.30 pm when the jam-packed House was left with 24 MPs.

However, only four MPs paid attention to the committee of the House which was supposed to scrutinise the Bill clause by clause when it was moved by Attorney-General Amos Wako.

Those who concentrated on the Bill included Deputy Leader of Government Business Musalia Mudavadi, former Cabinet Minister Andrew Kiptoon and Gichugu MP Martha Karua (DP).

Wako received no opposition or queries about the bill from members.

All amendments he had proposed were passed by the four MPs as the cheers of those watching the football match filtered into the House.

Karua commended the passage of the Bill as historic, adding it was her hope that all people will be conscious of human rights.

She hoped that human rights will apply to women and men alike and that there will be no reneging on women issues.

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