Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has further criticized the Gender Bill, saying he still doesn’t support it, and that he’ll introduce a proposal to have it done away with completely. Speaking at the venue of his homecoming ceremony in Kimilili on Friday, Didmus noted that the Bill has brought a lot of discussion in the country, “I’ll be looking to front a proposal do away with the Bill completely and I’ll ask the residents of Kimilili if they’ll give me the mandate to bring about the change,” he said. The Constitution of Kenya (Amendments) Bill which seeks for more women representation in the National Assembly and the Senate has stirred conversations all over the country with leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga urging Members of Parliament to support it.
On Wednesday, the MPs were supposed to vote for or against the Bill in parliament, but the Majority leader Aden Duale, who was the mover of the Bill, shelved it and it was deferred due to a lack of quorum in the House with more discussions set to commence next year in February. However, Kimilili MP Didmus said Duale’s plan to front the Bill next year still won’t bear fruits, adding that MPs have the right trick up their sleeves to tackle the support for the Bill.
On issues of a presidential candidate from the Western region, he said they won’t just support any candidate and that there are many things which must be put under consideration first. Moreover, he said his supporters in Kimilili support Deputy President William Ruto, “At the moment, many of my supporters support Deputy President Wiliam Ruto,” he said, adding that he has supported fundraisers for the women, boda boda operators, the youth in the area, “He has stood with us and the people of Kimilili.”