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The promulgation of the 2010 Constitution created a robust framework for public engagement in decision-making. The constitution recognizes the sovereignty of the people of Kenya and as such consultation with the public is paramount. On the 9th of December 2022, the country was ecstatic to learn about the MEMO that had been sent to the Speakers of the August House to consider some issues that the President believed would enhance institutional capacities, strengthen complementary interrelationships and refine mandates to conform with the constitutional provisions.
CRAWN Trust and partners noting the weight that the issues addressed in the MEMO hold and the importance of public consultation in matters of national interest convened Civil Society Organizations under the umbrella of the National Women Steering Committee; a platform that brings together individuals and organizations working for women’s economic and political emancipation, and Civil Society Parliamentary Engagement Network to discuss the proposals in the MEMO.
These collaborative consultative forums intended to develop a common position on the proposals that were forwarded to the Parliament for consideration. We, therefore, make this submission to give our considered opinions on the four issues and draw the attention of Parliament to our proposals that we believe would strengthen and promote the rule of law, constitutionalism and good governance in Kenya.
We applaud the President for the deliberate effort to fully implement the Constitution, particularly for ensuring the inclusion of women in leadership positions. Two-Thirds Gender Principle is one of the Constitutional provisions whose realization has dragged on for far too long. We take great exception that the Parliament continues to hold its sessions despite being unconstitutionally constituted.
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