Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei has backed a petition by the Law Society of Kenya(LSK) seeking to have Parliament dissolved for failing to implement gender balance.
Speaking to journalists in Eldoret, Cherargei said he supports the dissolution of Parliament for failing to heed to the two thirds gender rule.
“Women rights are also rights, what a man can do, a woman can do better, that is where the support is, the parliament is not above the law that’s why I am supporting its dissolution,” said Cherargei.
The lawmaker said women must be given positions on meritocracy and in accordance with the constitution.
Cherargei asked the proponents of the handshake and BBI to first implement the constitution before calling for constitutional reforms.
“The proponents of handshake and BBI are normally telling us that we must support the constitution, why don’t they push fully for the implementation of the constitution first and then we can now go into the BBI and the referendum?” Cherargei quipped.
Cherargei joins Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei and Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria who have come out to support the dissolution of the Parliament over gender imbalance.
On Friday LSK asked Chief Justice David Maraga to write to President Kenyatta to advise him on dissolving Parliament, on grounds that no laws have been crafted to enable implementation of Section 27 of the Constitution.
The LSK petition adds that Parliament’s failure to craft the laws on gender balance is also a violation of court orders.
Section 27 of the Constitution requires both levels of government to ensure that neither gender has more than two thirds of public officers, whether elected or appointed.
Dissolving Parliament would mean that Kenyans would return to the polls to vote in new representatives