The Federation of Women Lawyers chairperson Ms Josephine Wambua-Mongare has said that women are anxiously waiting for president Uhuru Kenyatta to name his cabinet just a week following his inauguration.
According to Wambua, President Kenyatta should appoint at least seven women to his Cabinet for his second term.
“The women of Kenya are cognisant of the various calls advising you to allocate Cabinet seats advised on different criteria— including political allegiance, tribal inclusion, reminder of campaign promises, rewards for support to your government and claims of track records,” said Ms Mongare.
The chair said that Fida was prepared to furnish him with a list of competent women who can fill up cabinet positions.
“The women of Kenya call upon you to uphold the spirit and letter of the Constitution. We look forward to at least seven Cabinet seats assigned to competent and qualified women,” Ms Mongare said in an advertisement in the Nation.
“FIDA-Kenya is prepared to furnish you with a list of women who fit the profile of a Cabinet secretary in any of the available 22 positions.”
She said the inclusion of more women should apply in the assignment of other state jobs as it would guarantee women’s right to equity and equality and ensure they are included in decision-making.
There are currently five women in the Cabinet: Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Phyllis Kandie (East African Community, Labour and Social Protection), Sicily Kariuki (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Prof Judi Wakhungu (Environment).