Women should contest elective positions rather than wait to be nominated to Parliament to effect the two-thirds gender rule, two women MPs have said. Marsabit woman representative Nasra Ibren and her Wajir counterpart Fatuma Ibrahim said after MPs rejected the gender bill recently, there is need to step up mobilisation at the grassroots for more women to join competitive politics.
They urged women not to shy away from contesting the governors’ seats, saying it is unacceptable in modern world for them not to vie for the seats. Fatuma accused male MPs of being scared of more women leaders in Parliament. “In the National Assembly, we have only 16 elected women MPs.
We want to ensure the number goes up to 200 MPs in next year’s general election,” Fatuma said. She is eyeing the Tarbaj parliamentary seat. Nasra said despite majority of voters being women, only a few make it to Parliament. The two spoke at the Moyale Referral Hospital.