CISA NEWS REPORT:NAIROBI, April 17, 2012 (CISA) -Churches have been challenged to use their influence to assist women acquire political power.
Although the new Constitution has allocated one third of both parliamentary and county representatives to women, “fear has been expressed that they are not yet prepared for this,” said chairman of Kenya’s Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA), Mr Micah Cheserem at a meeting at the National Council of Kenya (NCCK) headquarters held on April 17.
“I appeal to the Church to come up and assist women to benefit from this constitutional offer,” said Mr Cheserem, a former Governor of the country’s Central Bank.
He added that unlike its neighbours, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya had not fared well in getting women in political leaderships.
“This is a challenge our country should not take lightly,” he added.
In response, the NCCK general Secretary, Rev Canon Peter Karanja said that although the Church cannot claim to have done all what is expected from it in terms of empowering women, it was not at zero point.
He added that some issues pertaining to women empowerment have been carried out during civic education and will be revisited again before the country’s general elections, scheduled for early next year.
In his remarks during the plenary session, deputy NCCK general secretary, Mr Oliver Kisaka said women’s issues were seen as discriminated on due to people’s traditions than with the Church doctrine.
“The Church is not quiet on empowering women for more participation on the social, economic and political areas,” he emphasized.