Entertainment / Celebrities
Sunday, 30 Oct 2016 17:36 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The creation of positions for women representative in the National Assembly is seemingly transforming Kenyan political campaigning from its traditional male-dominated boorish game of corruption, violence and rigging. With the positions open only to women aspirants, a new phenomenon is beginning to take root where candidates compete not only on the basis of policies and programmes but also on looks, grooming and charm.
Voters in Kericho County are currently enthralled with the campaign of a women representative aspirant who is attracting supporters by her political message as much as by her looks. Even though campaigns proper are yet to begin, hundreds of voters, in particular young men, have turned up for events where the aspirant, Bati Vicky Chepkorir, is scheduled to speak.
At campaign meetings, fundraisers and even on social media, some voters have openly declared that they will vote for the aspirant because she is a treat for their eyes. Some have christened her the "Waiguru of Kericho" in homage to the beauty of former minister for devolution Anne Waiguru, with whom the aspirant bears some resemblance.
The aspirant, however, does not take remarks about her beauty seriously. Reputed to be a conservative woman, she has taken to addressing matters of women empowerment, education and self-advancement and is a regular motivational speaker at for young people, in particular girls.
Still, many young voters are enamored with her, propelling her to the top of the campaign to succeed Mrs Hellen Chepkwony, who was elected in 2013, as the next women representative for Kericho. The race has attracted a handful of candidates, including Waiguru and Sandra Chepngeno Belyon.
Among the factors that will influence the race include power-sharing within the county. The current senator KKK is from Belgut, Mrs Chepkwony is from Bureti with the governor coming from Ainamoi and his deputy is from Kipkelion. Most of the leading aspirants are from the Jubilee Party.