The Star (Nairobi)

22 March 2014

Kenya: Women Reject Call to Fire Them

Women groups in the Coast region have faulted Ainamoi MP Benjamin Lang'at proposal to remove county women representatives in a bid to reduce the increased public wage bill. Their sentiment comes as the debate over the same matter elicits mixed reaction across the political divides in the country.

Led by Kwale county women groups chair person Amina Hassan Dzengo, women said that removing county women representatives from the national assembly amount to defilement to women rights. Speaking in Kwale yesterday Dzengo said that they will oppose all plots to undermine gender equality in the country.

"We will not allow such things and the MP should go back on the drawing table and thing something else but not removing women because that will never happen," said Dzengo. She said the national government should device other ways of reducing the public wage bill and ignore proposals by leaders whose aim is to undermine women.

Dzengo added that the national government should embark in fighting corruption vice that has dragged the countrys' development back. "Corruption in the governments departments have increased the amount of money being used hence public wage bill going up but not removing women from the parliament," she noted.

The women also opposed reduction of counties from 47 to 10 saying that such move will be taking back the country to the colonial era. "We cannot afford going back colonial era where locals have to beg for services from the government. Counties are enough for us and that should not be changed," she added.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said his salary will be reduced by 20 per cent and asked civil servants to follow suit or quit in a move that has been opposed by opposition leadership in the country led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

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