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Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 13:30 EAT
Jubilee candidate for Machakos women representative seat, Kavindu Muthama has pledged to support women and people with disabilities to start small businesses if elected to office in the August 8 general election.
The estranged wife of Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama said she will also push for enactment of laws in the National Assembly to address gender-based violence in order to protect vulnerable women and men currently struggling in abusive marriages.
Addressing a series of campaign rallies in Mwala constituency, Ms Kavindu identified poverty and abusive marriages as some of the greatest challenges facing women and pledged to lobby for legislative support to ensure vulnerable groups are empowered to live decent lives.
“I am a woman and I understand too well what women go through in abusive marriages. I will use the law to promote the plight of women and ensure their rights are protected. I will also seek new partnerships to build economic empowerment for vulnerable members of the society including people with disabilities,” she said.
She said cases of gender based violence had been on the rise especially in Machakos County, where she expressed concern that most incidences go unreported.
Ms Kavindu also cited poverty as one of the biggest setbacks of human dignity and especially in countries where there are inadequate legal frameworks to promote equity and justice.
“Poverty remains a great enemy of human dignity and must be fought by all means through effective legislation and proper policies to empower the less fortunate in the society,” she said, adding that Kenya was in dire need of enactment of firm laws to protect vulnerable groups.
Ms Kavindu is seeking to unseat the incumbent, Susan Musyoka who is defending her seat as an independent candidate. Others in the race include Joyce Kamene (Wiper), Francisca Mutinda (Maendeleo Chap Chap), and Rita Ndunge (Independent).