By Brighton Makori and Maranga Moses.
KISII AUGUST 22, 2020 ……… Kisii county nominated women MCAs have accused their colleagues of betraying their cause by apologizing to the elected male counterparts alleged to be discriminating them in the assembly.
This comes amid raging acrimony between the nominated and elected MCAs over non- participation in legislation and enjoyment of benefits accruing to member of county assembly.
The county assembly had amended standing orders barring the 25 nominated MCAs from passing and voting on motions.
They were also denied access to funds for offices and remuneration of their workers and two members of Kisii county Assembly nominated women MCAs caucus had been assaulted in the ensuring stand-off.
The matter had early attracted the intervention of the High Court in Kisumu ,Commission on Revenue Allocation and Commission on Gender Equality whose pronouncements were yet to be implemented.
Led by Hon Clare Obino the nominated MCAs expressed shock that their colleagues would further go to ask for forgiveness instead of demanding for their constitutional rights and entitlements.
The nominees rubbished their colleagues Bathsheba Sanaya and Naomi Ronald’ claims that they had gone overboard in making their demands ,hence calling for forgiveness.
They cited appointment to assembly committees and lack of numerical strength as a non-issues ,scoffing at allegations that there was a communication breakdown.
Speaking to Gusii star the MCAs have petitioned the county assembly to obey the advisories issued by the constitutional commissions and the high court ruling.
Justice Fred Ochieng, sitting in Kisumu, had issued conservatory orders granting the nominated MCAs a right to vote and pass motions , while the commissions had termed the assembly’s move ‘constitutional’.
Hon Irene Mayaka from Nyamira county assembly and leader of the regional caucus, criticized elected male counterparts for saying that the nominated MCAs should always be ‘submissive’.
Hon Risper Ong’uti condemned the recent de-whipping of nominated MCAs from house committees and added, it was shameful for the women leaders to undermine their own
“It shock and shame that our colleagues can go and purport that they have been given seats into the caucus by our elected male counterpart “ said Risper
Its so shameful that our women can be used to bring and take back the gains of women of this country , this is happening after those who have been discriminating us realizing that we are nearly achieving, hence they are trying to dived us , but we will never stop demanding our rights” She said
This comes after a parallel leadership, dubed Kisii Assembly Women Chapter, was elected in the county assembly Bathsheba Sanaya being the chairperson, Hon Naom Ronald as secretary ,Hon Harriet Ongera Treasure among others.