International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint at least seven women to his new cabinet.
FIDA chairperson Josephine Wambua on Wednesday said the group was ready to furnish him with a list of suitable candidates.
“We appeal for the gender principle to apply in the assignment of state jobs,” she said in an open letter to the president.
“This would guarantee women’s rights to equity and equality. It will further ensure women are included in decision making.”
Wambua urged Uhuru should prioritize women concerns, especially since the current Parliament did not follow the two-thirds gender rule which makes it unconstitutional.
Judi Wakhungu (Environment), Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs), Phyllis Kandie (Labour) and Sicily Kariuki (Gender Affairs) are the only female ministers.
The lobbying for and against Cabinet Secretary positions did not stop with FIDA as other bodies have advised the president on what decision he should make.
In this case, a section of the Njuri Ncheke council of elders have asked Uhuru not to re-appoint Lands Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi in his second-term cabinet.
This is after lobby groups from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties – Professionals Association and Mount Kenya Youth Caucus – urged the president to retain Prof. Kaimenyi and other principal secretaries from the community saying they had performed well in the first term.
Speaking to journalists at the Nchiru shrine on Tuesday (December 5), Njuri Ncheke chairman Linus Kathera and Secretary Josphat Murangiri said Prof. Kaimenyi had nothing to show for his tenure in the Education and Lands Ministries.
The elders accused Prof. Kaimenyi of causing divisions and cracks in the council by supporting a splinter group led by Paul M’ithinkia and Pharis Rutere who the elders declared as outcasts.
Uhuru and Ruto are expected to meet Parliament leaders to discuss the legislative agenda as MPs prepare to go for recess.
The President is expected to give MPs the go-ahead to form the appointments committee that will vet Cabinet Secretaries next year.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi will chair the committee.