President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed Majority Leader Aden Duale to prioritise the Gender Bill before the term of the current Parliament expires.
The State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the President believes that the 11th Parliament has an opportunity to stamp its authority on the matter and be remembered as the House that put issues related to women leadership at the top of its agenda.
“I can reiterate that the President is keen to see movement on the subject, in the context of a clear framework set out in our Constitution.
“The President is optimistic that MPs will come together in a bi-partisan way to get the job done,” said Mr Esipisu.
Addressing journalists at Kisumu State Lodge on Monday, Mr Esipisu also assured workers that an increment in the minimum wage is on the way despite doubts owing to statements from some stakeholders.
Last week President Kenyatta asked the private sector to increase salaries of workers.
The government, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions and the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) discussing about the increment of the minimum wage for public sector workers.
“Government has not increased the minimum wage in two years, and the President favours an increase this year. It is something that workers can look to,” said Mr Esipisu.
He also said President Kenyatta is waiting for recommendations from the National Police Service Commission and the SRC on salaries for members of the security agencies.
“The President recognises that while overall the Kenyan economy remains robust, ordinary citizens still experience difficulties in their daily lives, and he is working to help tackle these challenges,” he said.