20 December 2012

Kenya: Parliament Put to Task Over Gender Parity Rule

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A woman goes through the harmonised Draft Constitution of Kenya.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has written (IPOA) to the Attorney General Githu Muigai expressing concerns over a proposed amendment to the National Police Service Act.

The proposed amendment to be debated in Parliament this afternoon is seeking to block the appointment of a woman to the position of deputy Inspector General, a move the IPOA says it was unaware of.

"We have just learnt that there is a motion in parliament seeking to remove the clause on gender parity. This comes as a shock to us considering that there has been no consultation whatsoever by the Internal Security Ministry with the stakeholders," IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru said in the letter to the AG.

Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has also threatened to go to court over the appointments stating a breach of section 14 of the National Police Service Act on gender parity. CIC chairman Charles Nyachae said the commission is concerned that all nominees to the position of Deputy Inspector General are men.

"The failure to observe this mandatory provision not only breaches the law and spirit of the constitution but is a further assault on the gender gains which have been consolidated in the constitution of Kenya 2010," Nyachae said.

He added that the commission had written to the President and the Prime Minister to have the appointments halted until the anomaly is corrected.

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