In Summary
  • Article 27 of the Constitution is clear that equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • The “Handshake” is proof that we want to build bridges to cross together and beat all the odds — including inequality, discrimination and prejudices.

It is ironical that Plato, a student of Socrates, who supported all aspects of justice and pursuit of happiness and wrote various texts on the same — including The Trial and Death of Socrates and the popular Statesman — could not internalise that discriminating against a woman was an injustice.

This notwithstanding that those that he called “demons” or “the 30 tyrants” because they had executed Socrates, who Plato believed was the most just of men, were all men.

His model of a just city recommended a philosopher king who was most qualified, soldiers who had excelled in physical and mental fitness and then the masses, whom he associated with appetite.

Plato associated the king with gold, the soldier silver and the people bronze; to him, the people were the least qualified. And I agree with him that the leaders should be the most qualified.

EDUCATION

The two World Wars took place under the rule of philosopher kings and women have worked behind the scenes to advise men and pacify the belligerents.

How much more would they do if given leadership?

Since time immemorial, mothers were the first and most valuable school. They inculcate the culture and religious norms and values.

Through the instructions of the dos and don’ts, they inculcate the culture of peace. As primary educators, they have brought peace to the world.

There is no justice without peace and equality, and my ideal leader would be a philosopher queen.

GENDER BILL

Some people are looking at the two-thirds gender bill in the perspective that it concerns women. But what is gender?

Simply put, it is the state of being male or female. Therefore, the bill is simply about the social, economic and political equal opportunities for all Kenyans — women and men.

Article 27 of the Constitution is clear that equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms.

It is a human right entrenched in the Bill of Rights, in Chapter 4 of the Constitution. Article 81(b) stipulates that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.

We have 47 woman representatives in the National Assembly as a result of affirmative action, but it was only recently that they got a fund.

Even after the woman reps negotiated for special interest group funds, the money was lumped together with the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

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