Magazine / Gender Matters
Friday, 24 Mar 2017 08:32 EAT
A Matungulu parliamentary aspirant has called on women to come out in large numbers and vie for elective positions in the forthcoming elections in August. Ms Magdalene Ndawa, while addressing different women groups across Matungulu on Thursday, said the time had come for women to rise to positions of political power to better represent their gender and universally held values of democratisation and social justice.
Saying that the corruption and poor governance in Kenyan society was attributed to bad leadership, the aspirant asserted that women have been voting for men since Kenya's founding yet the men usually forget about their voters (the majority of whom are women) once they get in power. "I would love to appeal to my fellow women across our country to step out in large numbers and vie for different positions in the coming elections," she said.
Ms Ndawa, who is also the sitting MCA for Matungulu West Ward and so far the only woman who has shown interest in the Matungulu seat, promised to ensure that CDF projects have been completed in time and with transparency. She challenged women and youths to form organized groups so that they can receive funds from the government and embark on projects so as to create employment for themselves.
She also cautioned youths against being used by politicians to brew up violence during the forthcoming elections.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press