Monday, 24 September 2012

ODM Position on Constitutional Gender Equity

My attention has been drawn to the debate that has emerged over affirmative action on elective seats and the hardening positions over gender equity.

I wish to inform the people of Kenya that positions so far taken by MPs from the Orange Democratic Movement are personal and do not reflect the stand of the party on this critical constitutional matter.

ODM stands for, and remains committed to, a full and faithful implementation of the Constitution.

ODM remains committed to gender parity, having fought hard for the inclusion of its provisions in the Constitution.

I therefore wish to appeal to all ODM MPs remember their contract with the people of Kenya and rally behind the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2011, now before Parliament.

The purpose of this Bill is to address the question of achieving the right proportion of either gender in the coming election.

In the interest of the Constitution, the minorities and the disadvantaged, I urge all MPs, regardless of party affiliation, to support the Bill and vote for it in the House.

Failure to do so would be a betrayal of the Constitution, the people of Kenya in general, and the women in particular.

I believe that if we have the will to support the constitutional provisions on gender, we will find the way to implement them.

By Rt. Hon Raila Odinga
Party Leader - ODM

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