The Star (Nairobi)

17 December 2012

Kenya: Gender Ruling Unfair - Kisii Women

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

The ruling by the Supreme Court on the one-third gender ruling was criticised by some women aspirants in Kisii at the weekend.

Brigid Ombati, Rose Obara, Judy Miruka and Jane Moraa Matiabe said the ruling is unfair because it deprives women of their political rights.

Speaking to the Star on the phone, Ombati, Obara, Miruka and Matiabe who are vying for women's representative said Kenyans overwhelmingly voted for the new constitution because it factored in women.

"Women voted for the new constitution because it catered for their interests, so it is wrong for the court to rule that the one third-gender rule will not be applied in the March 4 elections," OMbati said.

Last week, the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga ruled that the law be enforced progressively, until 2015 excluding the 2013 general elections.

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