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Friday, 14 Oct 2016 18:31 EAT
Women aspiring for various electoral seats in Busia in the forthcoming general elections have vowed to show their male counterparts "dust" at the polls.Speaking during a Leadership and Mentoring workshop for all women aspirants at the Hotel Itoya on Thursday that was sponsored by an American foundation, the women said they would consign their male opponents to the periphery of leadership and usher in a new era of politics.
During the workshop by the National Democratic Institute, the women said time when they were relegated to the periphery and called 'flower girls' is long gone. They decried that, in the last general election, women only managed to win one MCA seat out of 35 in the county.
"We are determined to get at least 25. We want men to be nominated and not women this time round," said the women, led by Busia women representative in the National Assembly Florence Mutua who presided over the opening ceremony.
The aspirants present included Cynthia Mutere and Maureen Namunapa who are running for the woman rep position. Others were MP aspirants Mary Makokha (Butula) and MCA aspirants who included FIFA appointed instructor Margaret Omondi (Burumba ward seat), Marsela Musakhi (Bunyala West), Beatrice Kanoti (Bwiri) and Joan Kubebea (Mayenje).
Ms Mutua said as pillars of families women have the strategy on how to get votes. She challenged her gender not to abuse fellow women but to respect each other and walk together. "In the last elections, no single woman won the governor's seat. This time we are sure of winning at least four including that of Kericho, Bomet and Embu," she said.
Makokha said women should not be squeezed in one box called women representatives. She told them to vie for every seat including Governor instead of being cowards.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press