17 December 2012

Kenya: Justice Minister Tells Parties to Back Women

Photo: The Daily Nation
A woman goes through the harmonised Draft Constitution of Kenya.

Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa has defended last Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on the one-third gender rule. He, however, asked political parties to give women priority during their nominations.

Led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the gender rule be achieved progressively to 2015.

Justices Philip Tunoi, JB Ojwang, Smokin Wanjala and Njoki Ndung'u said the principle cannot be enforced in the March elections.

Eugene said parties should put in place mechanisms which will encourage more women to contest for political seats to enhance the gender balance.

The ruling elicited negative reactions from champions of women rights who wanted the rule applied in the general election.

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