Why Are Kenyan Women Appointed To Deputize Men

May 16th 2011 – There is an emerging trend where women are being appointed to key positions, but only as deputies to men.

Take a look at commissioners to the Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) and Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), both teams are led by men. Mr Charles Nyachae chairs CIC and is deputised by Dr Elizabeth Muli, while Mr Micah Cheserem heads CRA and is assisted by Ms Fatuma Abdulkadir.

Why not pick women to chair commissions and men to deputise them?” Read on.

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Why Are Women Appointed To Deputize Men

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Kenyan women led by Dr Penninah Ogada of the University of Nairobi, department of political science want the governmnet to conduct an audit on the staffing in all public offices to determine if governmnet offices and departments are compling with a constitutional requirement for a third of all offices be of either gender.

The Kenyan women also want a third principle applied vertically and horizontally in all public institutions.

They had met in Nairobi Sunday to celebrate nomination of Nancy Baraza as the Deputy Chief Justice.

“This demonstrates respect for the implementation of affirmative action in the new Constitution,” Ogada said.

Alice Kirambi, national secretary, Maendeleo ya Wanawake urged women who are professionals to go for the various positions they can qualify as they have been created by the Constitution, she emphasized on senior positions like Chairpersons for various institutions.

Kirambi said these positions will not come out seeking for women to fill them rather women need to stand up and apply or contest. She said the spirit of the Constitution should be upheld as it gives them beginning to deliberate on national issues and be agents of change.

Judith Sijeny, advocate of high court said Kenya has qualified women to take leadership mantle in various offices. Sijeny pointed out that there is lack of consistency in the affirmative action measures opening opportunities for subjective decision making taken by the Government to implement the a third principle.

She said the Government need to demonstrate commitment by giving priority to the development of an affirmative action policy.

On why women are appointed to deputize men the organization said women have been socialized to believe that they are second to men. But, they said the Constitution is a wake up call for women to raise to the occasion for them to be geared to fight for their rightful positions in the society.

Robert Onsare

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