Why CS Aisha Jumwa Met Raila Odinga At His Office

Gender Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa convened a meeting on Tuesday, February 27, with Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga at his Capitol Hill office.

Speaking to the media following the meeting, CS Jumwa provided an update on the progress of discussions regarding the two-thirds gender principle.

“I met with Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga to apprise him of the advancements made regarding the two-thirds gender principle. Recognizing his significant leadership role in our country and his invaluable contributions to this cause, we are grateful for his engagement,” stated Jumwa.

Emphasizing the significance of Odinga’s involvement in the dialogue, CS Jumwa highlighted the critical timing of the meeting.

CS Jumwa noted that President William Ruto had submitted a Memorandum to Parliament in December 2022, urging consideration for a constitutional amendment to uphold the two-thirds gender principle.

“In alignment with the constitutional provisions outlined in the Constitution of Kenya (2010) regarding the two-thirds gender principle, the Multi-Sectoral Working Group – MSWG, consisting of both state and non-state actors, was established,” remarked the Gender CS.

She further elaborated that the MSWG collaborated with the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) and put forth preliminary proposals for consideration, as addressing the two-thirds gender principle was a key agenda item.

“The MSWG has fulfilled its mandate by formulating a framework for the implementation of the two-thirds gender principle. A comprehensive report detailing the deliberations and considerations leading to this framework has been prepared,” added Jumwa.

Highlighting the importance of inclusive consultations, CS Jumwa stressed the necessity of incorporating Raila’s insights into the ongoing discussions, hence the meeting at his office.

The meeting was also attended by Kisii Governor Simba Arati, Dagoretti North MP Beatrice Elachi, and representatives from the Gender Ministry.

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