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The East African : Mar 23rd 2015
18 The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 21-27,2015 Rwanda plans to ≥eint≥oduce media cont≥ol TURN FRPM PAGE 15 warded to RMC for action. The new development comes in the wake of the BBC documentary Rwanda’s Untold Story, which pitted the public regulatory body against the media self-regulation body. Rura’s decision to suspend the Kinyarwanda programming of the British Broadcasting Corporation contravened the country’s media laws. According to the new me- dia law, only RMC could have made a decision on BBC had Rura submitted a complaint to it. The media regulator would then inform Rura of the decision that had been taken. The documentary, which was released on October 1 last year, angered the government of Rwanda over its alleged denial and trivialisation of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, prompting the government to suspend BBC Kinyarwanda broadcasts. “These allegations are un- founded. There is no attempt by the government to take back media-self regulation. The PMO is coming in to support the law that established Rura and therefore it cannot remove the law, which establishes RMC,” Gerald Mbanda, head of media and communications at the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) told The EastAfrican. “The government and oth- er partners like UNDP are the ones funding media-self regulation and therefore we cannot be the ones to undermine it,” Mr Mbanda added. However, sources within the government said the PMO drafting started over a year ago without consultation with key stakeholders — RMC or journalists. But, with a few days re- maining for it to be tabled before the Cabinet, RMC reached out to the then minister of local government James Musoni to consider returning it so that journalists could have an input. “Our suggestion was con- sidered and we gave our input. But after we reached a consensus, later we found that there are some changes made after what we had considered to be the final draft,” said RMC chairman Fred Muvunyi. “The current leadership of the Ministry of Local Government wrote to RMC seeking written inputs, we are still ironing out some issues that both parties disagreed on, and we will then send them,” Mr Muvunyi said. “Indeed, the PMO will be a major setback to press development in Rwanda because it will introduce a new regime of co-regulation. It is a step back from self- regulation,” said Robert Mugabe, the editor of Great Lakes Voice and a press freedom activist. AUGUST 27 DEADLINE Kenya likely to miss crucial rule on gender 2010 Constitution ≥equi≥es that eithe≥ gende≥ holds at least onethi≥d of elective public positions By FRED OLUOCH Special Correspondent without having met a constitutional requirement that either gender holds at least one-third of the seats in the National Assembly. That would open the door K OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE NAIROBI- KENYA INTERNATIONAL TENDER NOTICE The National Police Service invite sealed tenders from eligible candidates for the following procurement. S/No Tender No. Tender Name 1. 2. NPS/NPAW/001/2014-2015 For Supply and Delivery of New Twin Turbine Engine Helicopter (2 utility helicopters and 1 troop carrier helicopter) NPS/NPAW/002/2014-2015 For Overhaul of three (3) Mi-17 Helicopters Closing/opening date Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 at 10.00am EAST AFRICAN TIME Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 at 10.00am EAST AFRICAN TIME Note: Only manufacturers are eligible for tender No. NPS/NPAW/001/2014-2015- For supply and delivery of new twin turbine engine helicopters. Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents at the office of the Head of Supply Chain Management services National Police service, Jogoo House ‘A’ off Harambee Avenue along Taifa Road, 3rd Floor Room 357, during normal working hours, or from National police service, website www.nationalpolice.go.ke A complete set of tender documents may be obtained by interested candidates from National Police service, Jogoo House ‘A’ off Harambee Avenue along Taifa Road, Ground floor Room 028, during the office working hours; Monday through Friday, upon payment of non- refundable fee of Kshs.1,000/= payable in cash or bankers cheque to the Inspector General National Police Service . Prices quoted should be net of all taxes and delivery, testing and commissioning of the equipment (where applicable), must be in either Kenya shillings, USD, EURO or Sterling Pound and they should remain valid for one hundred and fifty days (150) from the closing date of the tender. Completed set of tender documents accompanied by a bid security in the form and amount specified in the tender document are to be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked Tender No. and name and be deposited in the Tender Box at National Police service Headquarters Tender Box on Ground Floor or be addressed to: The Inspector General National Police Service P.O. Box 44249-00100 Nairobi. So as to be received on or before,” Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 at 10.00a.m EAST AFRICAN TIME. Tenders will be closed on Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 at 10.00am EAST AFRICAN TIME and opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the bidders or their representatives who choose to attend at Jogoo House ‘A’ 4th Floor IG’s Boardroom, Room 429. The government reserves the right to accept or reject a tender in whole or part and is not bound to give reasons for its decisions. The Inspector General National Police Service for legal challenges to the legitimacy of the next parliament after the Supreme Court ruled in December 2012 that a formula for meeting the threshold be found by August 27 this year, five years to the day after the promulgation of the constitution. With only five months re- maining and no solution in sight, stakeholders are asking the court for more time to make wider consultations. A State Law Office source said the Technical Working Committee has various options: Ask for more time from the courts, propose the addition of National Assembly seats or compel political parties, through constitutional amendments, to nominate more women to parliament. Attorney-General Prof Githu Muigai (pictured) told The EastAfrican he had forwarded the TGW’s interim report on the gender rule to the Cabinet for direction. There are only 16 elected women in the 348-member National Assembly — excluding the 47 county representatives, which seats men were not allowed to contest. Article 81(b) under Chapter 7 of the Constitution, which deals with representation, states that “not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender” but does not provide practical ways of achieving the requirement. A suggestion during the constitutional review to set aside women-only constituencies was rejected as it was seen as discriminatory. Chairman of the Com- mission on Administration of Justice (Ombudsman) Otiende Amolo, who was on the Committee of Experts that drafted the 2010 Constitution, says they had anticipated the problem and pro- enya is likely to go to the next elections in 2017 THE NUMBERS Women make up 52 per cent of Kenya’s population. 16 women MPs elected in constituencies and one in each of the 47 counties. Women make up five out of the 12 nominated seats for special interest groups. No woman was elected to the Senate but 16 were nominated, making 27 per cent of Senators women. All 47 county assemblies achieved the gender rule; women won 82 of the 1,450 elective seats and 680 were nominated, making 34 per cent of assemblies’ membership. posed to retain the 210 constituencies but MPs added 80 more, making it more difficult to meet the threshold. “With 94 female represent- atives from the counties (two for each county), 12 special seats to be filled by women, including those for the disabled and the youth, and about 10 elected women from gender-neutral electoral areas, the threshold of 116 women would have been met,” said Mr Amolo. He said the CoE considered rejecting the MPs’ changes but realised that it would put the constitutional review in jeopardy. They then considered deleting the gender principle from the draft constitution, “but again realised that if we deleted it, then nobody would consider it for a long time despite the fact that women have been agitating for increased representation for decades.” He suggests an increase National Assembly seats; compel parties to nominate more women; or amend the constitution to allow nomination of two women per county or delete the gender rule.
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