Magazine / Gender Matters
Monday, 08 May 2017 10:16 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Kenyan electorate has been challenged to vote for women leaders in the August general elections for them to have a test of alternative leadership.
Speaking in Gilgil during a thanksgiving ceremony, nominated senator Martha Wangari, who last week won the Jubilee Party ticket to run as MP for Gilgil, said the high number of women who were nominated in the recently concluded party primaries showed that Kenyans were hungering for a new leadership and were willing to try women leaders.
Ms Wangari said that apart from offering an alternative to male-dominated leadership, the election of many women aspirants in the forthcoming general elections would be a great stride towards achieving the two third gender rule.
She noted that Jubilee party had shown the direction by becoming the first party through which women have been nominated to vie for gubernatorial and senator seats.
While calling on women to rise to the occasion and support their own, the youthful senator said that women have the numbers to enable the country have more women leaders whose leadership she said has been tried tested and proven in many areas.
Ms Wangari further called on those who lost in the Jubilee primaries to support the party fully in order to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in his second term bid.
The candidate had initially lost the nomination to incumbent Gilgil MP Mathenge Nderitu, but she petitioned the Jubilee party Appeals Board which overturned the MP's claim, leading to jubilation across the entire constituency where she has become extremely popular in recent years.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County