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  • Reject Newspaper
    Reject Newspaper

    UNFILTERED, UNINHIBITED, JUST THE GRUESOME TRUTH...

    The Reject newspaper is an online monthly publication of the Media Diversity Center, a project of African Woman and Child Feature Service 

    Read the latest and previous issues of the Reject

  • Kenyan Woman
    Kenyan Woman

    ADVOCATING FOR THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

    The Kenyan Woman is a monthly online newspaper that advocates for the rights of women

    Read the latest and previous issues of the Kenyan Woman

  • Tusemezane Magazine
    Tusemezane Magazine

    PROMOTING A SOCIETY FREE OF GENDER VIOLENCE

    A magazine by AWC for the Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) Project.  

  • Transforming Leadership, Changing Lives
    Transforming Leadership, Changing Lives

    What value does society place on women ? What value do women bring to leadership and governance processes?

    African Woman and Child Feature Service with the support of UN Women is producing a series of profiles of women leaders in Kenya, highlighting their capabilities and the value they bring to leadership and governance processes.

    The profiles highlight the contribution women leaders, in their diversity, are making in improving the livelihoods of Kenyans. They also show the added value of having women in leadership and decision-making positions.

     

  • Women making a difference in leadership
    Women making a difference in leadership

    Women 's voices and their participation in all aspects of life, particularly in political leadership, are now more important than ever. While women bring fundamental contributions to governance and democratic spaces, their role and input is rarely visible.

    In this regard, African Woman and Child Feature Service with the support of UN Women is producing a series of profiles of women leaders in Kenya, highlighting their capabilities and the value they bring to leadership.

    This publication is therefore the second in a series of compilation of profiles of women political leaders in Kenya geared towards increasing this visibility.

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The debate on whether Kenya should have a prime minister has polarised the country politically and ethnically, reversing the nationalistic feeling many had eight months ago.

Politicians have suddenly caught fever over the issue and have gone ballistic with salvos being thrown left and right over the issue.

. The clamour for the post has been viewed by many as an assault on the powers that are currently enjoyed by President Mwai Kibaki. Those opposed to the idea have gone further to claim that those calling for the creation of the post were calculating and measuring their steps to take over the presidents' job.

Politicians currently canvassing for the position have been labelled as people who are keen to destabilise the government. They have been called rebels from within and even equated to God's rebellious angel Lucifer, who broke away from God's control.

But this is an idea whose time has come and cannot be wished away any longer. It should find its way into the home-made constitution that the country is in the final process of writing. It is the only way that the country can hold its leaders accountable.

The argument that the President was elected on a popular mandate or has the mandate of the people at any one time does not allow him to have powers to continue issuing decrees to the same people.

Currently the President has the powers to issue unquestionable decrees to the same people who elected him.

The creation of the PM post has posed real and imagined threats to the status quo. Historically the idea of a premier has been a subject of a debate lasting four decades.

After 1964, the post of prime minister was expunged from the constitution and Jomo Kenyatta who was the President then consolidated the powers in the presidency by forcing an amendment of the relevant laws through Parliament.

The first attempt to recreate the post came in 1968 when the then Nyeri MP, Mr Kiboi Theuri, moved a motion in Parliament for the creation of the post within the constitution.

Loaded with suggestions that included the reduction of the president's powers, which would reduce him to a nominal head of government, Theuri further suggested that the prime minister be answerable to Parliament and be the head of the Cabinet.

Theuri's suggestions are still alive and at play in the current debate, showing that nothing has really changed in the 40 years save for the democratic space that has considerably been enlarged with the advent of multi-party politics.

Theuri's motion was defeated overwhelmingly. The response then from the people close to President Kenyatta was that Theuri was casting doubts over the President's honesty and integrity.

He was accused of challenging the status quo. Charles Njonjo, the then Attorney-General, dismissed the motion as meaningless and 'pitiful' and even wondered who Theuri had in mind as the prime minister.