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Uhuru all-male meeting sparks social media fury

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the meeting with advisers on Wednesday. PHOTO | PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta at the meeting with advisers on Wednesday. PHOTO | PSCU 

A photo of a near all-male meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Harambee House to discuss the future of the economy has sparked anger online.

Mr Kenyatta had on Wednesday gathered his team of economic advisers and development partners to discuss the future of the economy after a tumultuous General Election.

But it was the overwhelming presence of men in the meeting that caught the eye of some Kenyans. The only three women in the room had no seat at the main table.

Even though Kenyans online appreciated the good intentions of the meeting, they called for more women to be involved in national affairs.

Women form about 54 per cent of Kenya’s population, according to the 2009 population census.

Mr Kenyatta’s first term was riddled with debate on the lack of gender equality in top positions, despite a constitutional requirement for a third representation of either gender in government.

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