When CS Njuguna Ndung’u of the National Treasury and Economic Planning appointed more men than women to the Pending Bills Verification Committee, President William Ruto took issue with Ndung’u.
Ruto declared the Pending Bills Committee to be unlawful during his speech on Tuesday at the committee’s inaugural meeting at State House in Nairobi.
He suggested that in order to achieve balance, the CS could examine the committee’s membership list and add more women or less men.
“I am not a very good mathematician but being a scientist I know something about math when I looked at the composition of the committee, it was clear to me that it was unconstitutional because it lacked gender balance, there were only four women out of a whole committee of 20,” he said,
“I respectfully suggest to the minister, to either reduce the number of men or add the number of women so that it becomes constitution.”
The President declared that it is time for leaders and Kenyans to live by the constitution.
This year in June, the Cabinet gave its approval to form a special committee to review bills that were still pending.
The auditing of liabilities for the years 2005 through 2022 is the responsibility of the Pending Bills Verification Committee.
The State Department of Public Works, the State Department of Roads, the State Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Attorney General, and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority will make up the committee.
The Law Society of Kenya, the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya are a few more.
The Pending Bills Committee will review the matter and provide interim reports to the Treasury Cabinet Secretary once it has been confirmed that the government will fulfill the relevant responsibility.
The action is intended to protect small businesses from inadequate liquidity and ensure the integrity of all bills.