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FIDA wants court to block cabinet vetting over gender rule

A file photo of FIDA-Kenya chairperson Josephine Wambua-Mong'are. /Collins Kweyu
A file photo of FIDA-Kenya chairperson Josephine Wambua-Mong'are. /Collins Kweyu

FIDA will go to court on Tuesday to bar parliament from vetting cabinet secretaries nominated by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking to The Star, chair Josephine Wambua-Mong'are said the President failed to honour the two thirds gender principle which is guaranteed in the constitution.

“We will be filing a judicial review to have the vetting stopped until the President increases the number of women in his cabinet,” she said.

Mong'are insisted the team

should have 50 per cent women and 50 per cent men.

Uhuru nominated six women to the cabinet which has 22 members, translating to a representation of 21 per cent.

The team includes the President, deputy president and the attorney general.

More on nominations:

Activist Okiya Omtatah has opposed Uhuru's creation of the chief administrative secretary post, saying it was

reached without public participation.

The president said holders of the new positions will be responsible for helping the cabinet secretaries coordinate the running of ministry affairs.

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