Clerics want referendum to cut number of MPs, senators
SEE ALSO :Long bar opening hours irk groups“We propose constitutional amendments to reduce representation at the National Assembly and the Senate. We urge Parliament and particularly the male legislators to support efforts towards attaining gender parity,” the clerics said in a statement read by Macrina Cheruto, the chairperson of Elgeyo Marakwet County Dialogue Reference Group. The religious leaders said they want the position of Women Representative scrapped and an ‘implementable’ gender law passed. Bishop Aaron Kwambai of the Outreach Ministries Church, said the religious leaders’ group comprising Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and civil society groups will soon present their referendum proposals to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). The BBI was formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to collect views and give recommendations after their unity pact in March last year. Bishop Kwambai said religious groups will not support a referendum to increase elective positions. Cheruto said deployment of security to counties must be anchored in law.
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