November 23rd 2017

Magazine / Gender Matters

Women continue good run in 2017 with Speaker's elections

Catherine Mukenyang, the new Speaker of West Pokot, is the first woman to hold the office in the North Rift Region. She takes over from the former speaker Robert Kaitina who failed in his bid to be re-elected.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 07 Sep 2017 17:34 EAT

Four women have taken over as the Speaker's positions in some of the influential county assemblies. Beatrice Elachi, former nominated senator, has been elected as the new Nairobi Speaker, garnering 90 votes while her competitors Ali Abdi and George Wainaina garnered 27 votes and 4 votes respectively. She represents the Jubilee Party.

Elachi was yesterday sworn in by the clerk Jacob Ngwele. Elachi had contested for the Dagoretti North Parliamentary seat on a Jubilee party ticket but lost to ODM Paul Simba Arati. In her speech she pledged to improve the relationship between the county government and senate. Her deputy speaker is John Kamangu Nyamu. Elachi took over from the former Speaker Alex Ole Mage who did not defend his seat.

In Homa Bay County, Elizabeth Atieno Ayoo of ODM was elected as the new Speaker of the County Assembly. She promised to work closely with the house members to ensure the house business is processed efficiently.

Lawyer Hasna Mmbone Mudeizi is the new Speaker of Vihiga County Assembly. She was fronted by ANC party and garnered 23 votes while her rival and Peoples Party of Kenya (PPK) Wilberforce Ndula garnered 15 votes. In the first round Mudeizi garnered 16 votes while Ndula had 15 votes, immediate former Speaker Dan Chitwa managed 3 votes and Lawyer Aggrey Musiega 3 votes. The deputy speaker’s position went to Shiru MCA Nixon Butiya. In her speech Hasna acknowledge NASA coalition for its commitment to inclusivity and gender parity.

Meanwhile, Catherine Mukenyang, has been elected as the new Speaker of West Pokot County Assembly. She is the first woman to hold the office in the North Rift Region. She takes over from the former speaker Robert Kaitina who failed in his bid to be re-elected. Mukenyang who had contested and lost the Woman Rep seat on a KANU ticket defeated other candidates to highly coveted seat.

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