President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyan women to stand up and be counted in the quest to end gender imbalance in the administration of government affairs.

Speaking Sunday during the unveiling of Gachororo PCEA Church in Juja, the Head of State challenged women to wake up from their comfort zones and compete with men.

“Don’t wait for nominations, wake up and compete with men because Kenya is yours, you are populous and I want to help you to settle leadership positions before the end of my tenure. You have been born leaders but men have been inflicting fears in you,” he said.

Uhuru further implored members of parliament to steer support for the two-thirds gender rule bill that will be tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

His sentiments were echoed by leader of majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen who vowed to lobby his colleagues to back the Bill.

“In the Senate we assure you we shall stand with the constitution as it is and support our women get their right share for what they deserve in the constitution. I know my colleagues in the parliament are seeking excuses to flop the bill but we cannot debate with the constitution as it is,” said the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator.

He added, “We passed the constitution as it is and we believe in our mothers and sisters. I believe my colleagues in parliament will jointly stand as men who have wives, daughters and sisters to ensure that two third gender rule is fully enacted.”

Deputy President William Ruto has also publicly rallied lawmakers to pass the two-thirds gender bill.

Speaking at Nyakoora Catholic Church in Kitutu Chache North Constituency, Kisii County, on Saturday, DP Ruto observed that such a law would help Kenya attain its full potential.

The DP noted male legislators have a habit of “running away” from women’s issues yet “no man can survive without a woman, be it as a mother, a sister or a wife”.

“Women are the most loyal, hardworking and trusted people. Let us all support them in this,” he said.