My blog talks on issue affecting Women, I support women in leadership but just like I said before on my post on this link: http://jamiiyakenya.blogspot.com/2007/07/political-parties-targeting-women-votes.html I do not support special seats for Women, I believe that in a democratic society these seats should be elective. I have said from time to time that we (women) are the majority in Kenya so why not elect more women in Civic and Parliamentary posts through a normal democratic process? We have the votes and we need no favours in special allocations.
One of the reasons I do not support 50 special seats for women and support our MPs for rejecting this bill (read more on this link http://allafrica.com/stories/200708150790.html and other Kenya news sources on this web) is that when this is done we will get unpopular leaders. The trend we have seen in Kenya is politicians favouring their relatives and friends in nominations. After elections we get MPs that we never knew and one wonders where they came from. This is a well calculated way of rigging. Even if the bill was passed, do not be surprised to see that the wifes of the sitting Mps getting their way into parliament. We will end up in a situation where Hon.X is the minister for Constitutional Affairs and Hon. Mrs.X is the minister for health. That will be a chaotic cabinet.
On the other hand, we have women who are popular and have done Kenyans proud, if this bill was to be passed, I would not mind them being given special seats. Otherwise Kenyans should elect these women who desire to go for parliamentary seats. No favours!
Below are some of the women that I cherish most who should be given an opportunity in leadership or granted the proposed allocations;
1. Prof. Wangare Mathai - Environmentalist (Nobel Prize winner)
2. MP Njoki Ndung’u (Introduced Sexual offence Bill 2006)
3. Esther Pasaris (Adopt Alight, brought light to dark Nairobi)
4. Priscilla Nangurai (For rescuing young girls from early marriage)
5. Julie Muranya (anti FGM crusader)
6. Health Minister Charity Ngilu (First woman in Kenya to vie for Presidency and improved health facilities, free maternity for women in public health centers).
7. Orie Rogo (NGO chairperson – to amuse and decorate parliament with her attire)
8. Julia Ojiambo (The only women amongst six ODM big wigs)
9. Mary Wambui (Known as Narc activist, her actions speak for themselves)
10. Wambui Otieno-Mbogua (She defied all odd and married a young man, why do we condemn her yet old men marry young girls)
On civic seats we should have the common wanainchi, like mama mbogas, salonists like Nyatanga of Kibera slums to take over from Opete Opete. (Check my archived July posts on these two women I talked about). These common women understand and can address the needs of the common wanainchi better. They are also popular in their own ways.
Lastly I have to point out one of the reasons for rejection of this bill in parliament, 90% of our MPs are men, this is why our women leaders were lobbying for special seats to have more representation in Parliament. This is very sad, but there should be no short cuts and favours!