Senate Justice and Legal affairs Chairperson, Kiprotich Cherargei has publicly opposed the Bill seeking to raise the number of women representation in Parliament.
Speaking to the press, the Nandi County Senator opposed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2018, pointing out that it is discriminatory.
Senator Cherargei said the Bill sponsored by the National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale did not consider youth and People Living With Disabilities (PWDs).
“If we pass this pass bill, it legally means the marginalised, youth and PWDs can move to court because they will have been unfairly and selectively discriminated,”said Cherargei.
The legislator said unless other disadvantaged groups are considered, he will be among those who will shoot down the Duale bill, when it comes to the floor of the Senate.
According to Cherargei, 94 special seats should be created to see to it that one Youth and one PWD representatives are elected in each of the 47 counties.
The lawmaker also called for an affirmative action in the executive arm of government, a move he said will ensure that women, youth and PWDs are considered.
“We are now calling for an affirmative action in the legislature, but we have to also come up with radical proposals to ensure both National and County Government’s factor in women, youth, PWDs and other marginalised groups,”added the Senator.