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Trans Nzoia County woman MP Janet Nangabo. [PHOTO|Leonard Wamalwa|West Fm]
Trans Nzoia County: A member of the national assembly has called for an amendment of the constitution to allow creation of a fund for county women members of parliament to enable them run programs and projects in their respective constituents.
Janet Nangabo the woman MP of Trans Nzoia County told West FM that there is need for the law to be amended so that women legislators can also execute duties and responsibilities that are being undertaken by fellow members of parliament who were elected in constituencies other than the whole county.
She said that the current situation as it stands the women representatives who are treated in many aspects as members of the national assembly like any other regardless of their wide constituencies puts them in an awkward situation making them unable to initiate or do any projects for their electorate.
“I think it is important that we women members of the national assembly who represent counties need to lobby and push for the amendment in the constitution so that we can also be allocated something in a fund to enable us run projects across our wider constituencies just like the other MPs are doing through constituency development fund –CDF kitty,” said Nangabo.
She noted that there is a lot of demand and expectations from the people across the counties they represent hoping that they will transform their lives through initiation of projects especially for women who are looking upon them as their representatives yet they have no fund for such.
“Our people are asking us to do this or that project for them in different parts of the county but we are incapacitated because we do not have any allocation for us to accomplish such projects constitutionally,” said the legislator.
Nangabo further revealed that the woman MPs are now subjected to searching for non-governmental organizations to lure them to start projects in their constituencies which she said is not enough to meet the demands of the people.
“The only thing that we are getting constitutionally as women members of the national assembly is paying of an office and five employees in that office alone and nothing else for us,” Nangabo pointed out.
Need better pay and privileges
The MP further added that the women representatives should also be considered to receive more pay and privileges bearing in mind that they cover a wider constituency more than the normal MPs who are confined in one constituency in the county.
“As we seek to have the amendment of the constitution to create for us a fund, we also want to be paid more salary than the other MPs who cover constituencies when we are covering the whole county that we are supposed to traverse meeting the people and doing projects for them,” Nangabo added.
She was speaking at the Kitale Showgrounds where she was preparing to receive deputy president William Ruto’s wife lady Rachael Ruto who was slated to tour the county and meet women to sensitize them on economic empowerment through table banking in groups.
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