Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura is pushing for lawful recognition of intersex persons. 

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The legislator has fronted a bill that seeks to amend the Registration of Persons Act to include people born with genitalia, gonads, hormones and chromosomes that do not fit a typical male or female.

“The Bill seeks to …make provision for the registration of persons born with both male and female reproductive organs. This will ensure that the registration of such intersex persons reflects their unique gender,” said Mwaura, who has sponsored the bill, as quoted by Business Daily.

The move comes after a task-force on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms regarding Intersex persons was gazetted by Attorney General via a gazette notice no. 4904 on 26th May 2017. 

One of its recommendations was the provision of free medical services to intersex persons.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Commissioner Walter Ogony supported proposals by the task-force to have special cells for this gender to avoid sodomy in cells.

“The confinement rooms should also have cameras and be fitted with alarm bells so they can raise alarm if in danger,” Dr Ogony said, on Sunday, during a breakfast meeting of the IPOA and the Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.