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Kenya Parliament Hansard April 4 2007

Kenya Parliament Hansard April 4 2007



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 Wednesday, 4th April, 2007
The House met at 9.00 a.m.
[Mr. Deputy Speaker in the Chair]
Ms. Abdalla:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, Ibeg to give notice of the following Motion:-THAT, aware of the damagecaused on the youth through useof drugs and other chemicalsubstances; further aware that theNational Agency for theCampaign Against Drug Abuse(NACADA) was not establishedthrough an Act of Parliament; thisHouse grants leave for theintroduction of a Bill for an Actof Parliament entitled: "The Drugand Substance Abuse ControlAuthority Bill" in order toestablish an Authority that will beresponsible for policyformulation, implementation,monitoring, enforcement and thedevelopment of regulationsrelated to drug and chemicalsubstance abuse.
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Next Order!
Question No.012
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Is Mr.Wamunyinyi not here? His Question isdropped.
(Question dropped)
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Next Questionby Ms. Ndung'u!
Question No.014
Ms. Ndung'u
asked theMinister for Gender, Sports,Culture and Social Services:-(a) what specific steps he hastaken to implement theNational Policy on Gender andDevelopment and, particularly,to ensure that at least 30 percent of the new recruitmentinto the public service arewomen; and,(b) how members of thepublic, particularly womenwho are interested in thesepositions, can access andevaluate the success of thisprogramme.
The Minister for Gender, Sports,Culture and Social Services
(Mr. Kamanda):Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, I beg to reply.
[The Minister for Gender, Sports, Cultureand Social Services]
 (a) The Government is committed topromoting gender equality as well as protectionand promotion of the rights of women and thegirl child. My Ministry is in the process of developing a National Plan of Action to facilitatethe implementation of the National Policy onGender and Development. A forum will soon beorganised to share the process with stakeholders.Following the directive of the Head of State in June, 2006 that 30 per cent of allrecruitment in the Public Service be reserved forwomen, all Government agencies have beendirected by the Permanent Secretary, Secretary tothe Cabinet and Head of Public Service toimplement the guidelines. Subsequently, myMinistry has instructed all Government agenciesto prepare baseline data on representation of staff by gender, aimed at the implementation of thedirective and co-ordination of the exercise.Since the time of the directive onaffirmative action took effect, 38 per cent, noteven 30 per cent, of appointments andpromotions in the Civil Service have benefitedwomen with required qualifications. Out of the1,543 appointments made since the date of thedirective, 593 constitute women and 905 men.My Ministry urges the private sector toalso adopt the 30 per cent affirmative actionrelating to the recruitment and promotions forwomen, to attain gender parity.(b) Members of the public, includingwomen, can access information relating tovacancies from the Public Service Commissionwebsite www.publicservice.go.ke. Details of vacancies and results of interviews are availablein the print media and Public ServiceCommission website for access and scrutiny bymembers of the public.
Ms. Ndung'u:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir,let me, first of all, congratulate the Minister interms of the work that has already been done.However, my concern is on new vacancies.Vacancies such as board appointments which areleft to Ministers to fill them are not placed inadvertisements. What will he do to ensure, infuture, that all information on public sectorappointments, including board appointmentsof parastatals, is available to women whowould like to seek them?
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker,Sir, the 30 per cent directive is followed bythe Ministers when we are appointing boardmembers. In some cases, we are even doing itat 50 per cent.
Ms. Abdalla:
Mr. Deputy Speaker,Sir, considering that we are talking aboutwomen filling existing positions; and if theGovernment is serious, could the Minister tellthe House why it did not take this opportunityto fill the position of Governor of CentralBank (CBK) with a woman? She has beenacting in that position for a few years andrecorded the first profit margin.
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker,Sir, generally we are talking about the 30 percent directive. The position of the CentralBank of Governor is just one position. It doesnot mean that the Government is not seriousabout the 30 per cent directive. As I said, insome cases, we are even considering 38 percent.
Mr. Bifwoli:
Mr. Deputy Speaker,Sir, I am sure the Government is not serious.If it is serious, could the Minister tell us whythe Office of the Vice-President and Ministryof Home Affairs appointed only one womanto a committee on the Betting, Licensing andControl Board? Out of eight members, theyappointed only one woman. Are they areserious?
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker,Sir, I do not think that is true. And if so, thoseappointments will be rescinded because the30 per cent directive must be followed.Secondly, if out of the eight members of theBetting, Licensing and Control Board onlyone is a woman, then
[Mr. Kamanda]
April 4, 2007 PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES 331we will change its composition to reflect 30 percent directive.
Mr. Bifwoli:
On a point of order, Mr.Deputy Speaker, Sir.
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Order, Mr.Bifwoli! This is Question Time. If you ask aquestion and, probably, you are not satisfied, youcannot have a second shot through a point of order.
Mr. Raila:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, thisis the fifth year of the NARC Government inpower. It is introducing this policy at injury time.Nothing much has been done for women for lastfour years. Could the Minister confirm or denythat the appointments that are being made rightnow, are being made in the very same skewedmanner in which all the public appointmentshave been done since this Government came intopower, and that every week the Kenya Gazette isfull of women who are being appointedspecifically from only one region of this country?
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir,first of all, I want to correct the hon. Member. Heis also a part of this Government, having servedin it for three years as a Minister.I would also like to say that we havetaken the President's directive very seriously. As Isaid, we have now gone to almost 38 per cent.
Mr. Raila:
On a point of order, Mr.Deputy Speaker, Sir. The Minister did not answermy question. Could he confirm or deny that theappointments are being done in a skewedmanner?
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Mr. Minister, doyou have anything to say about that?
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir,that is not true.
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Last question, Ms.Ndung'u!
Ms. Ndung'u:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, Ithink there is need to confirm that, as women, weare one tribe. But that notwithstanding, I want toask the Minister whether it is possible for hisMinistry to bring a Bill for an Act of Parliament,which will enact this policy into legislation, sothat we can continue to refer to it as law and not adirective.
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir,we are working on that, because we have realisedthat the public sector is not adhering to thisdirective. Very soon, we are going to bring aBill to this Parliament in order to make it intolaw.
Mr. Kosgey:
On a point of order, Mr.Deputy Speaker, Sir. While this directive isbeing implemented, or put in place, the daybefore yesterday, the President presided over apassing out parade of the AdministrationPolice where, out of nearly 1,800 recruits,only 300 of them were women. This meansthat they were about 15 per cent of therecruits. Is it in order for the Minister tomislead this House that they are implementingthe directive, when out of AdministrationPolice recruits who passed out, only 15 percent were women?
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Order! I wantus to be very serious with what we are doing.That is a question. Mr. Kosgey missed achance to ask the question, but now he isframing it as a point of order. If you do not geta chance to ask a question, please, do not re-frame it as a point of order.Nevertheless, since it is a matter of public concern, I will ask the Minister torespond to that.
Mr. Kamanda:
Mr. Speaker, Sir, therecruits who passed out recently wererecruited nine months before that directivewas given.
Mr. Deputy Speaker:
Next Questionby the Member of Parliament for MigoriConstituency!
Question No.016 
Mr. Owino
asked the Ministerfor Lands:-(a) under what
[Mr. Owino]
 circumstance the company by thename Midlands Limitedacquired land at Njabini farm;and,(b) what portion of land the

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