Our hands are tied on the gender rule, MPs tell court

Ahmednasir Abdullahi

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi at Supreme Court in Nairobi on August 26, 2017. He is representing MPs before a five-judge bench at the High Court hearing 10 petitions filed in relation to the two-thirds gender rule. 

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What you need to know:

  • Lawyer Abdullahi said compelling parliament to enforce the rule would require amendment of Articles 97 and 98 of the constitution.
  • The bench, led by Justice Lydia Achode, heard that the order cannot be enforced on the current House.

Members of Parliament have told court that they have no powers to enact the two-thirds gender rule on elective positions and that they have all along been wrongly rebuked. 

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