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Sunday, 30 Oct 2016 14:26 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Kangundo constituency could get its first female MP in the 2017 elections if a female veteran banker currently making waves in the area keeps her good run until the ballot box. The entry into the race of Ms Rose Wambua, who commands a big following in the constituency, has shaken her opponents to the core.
The banker announced her intention to run for the seat in 2015, and has made notable inroads in almost all villages across the constituency, working with various groups to tackle pressing challenges facing the people. Mama Rose, as she is popularly known, has a long record of championing economic empowerment projects in Kangundo and has initiated several development projects in water, roads and health sub sectors. She has also supported women and youth groups struggling to uplift their members economically.
Reputed for her generosity to the poor, Ms Wambua has mobilized a formidable campaign team comprising of business leaders, professionals and village elders throughout the four electoral Wards in the constituency, and her main campaign theme is built on persuading voters to elect a person they can trust. She has set up a social media outreach programme that is manned by tech savvy individuals.
It is the combination of her outstanding qualities and effective campaign methods that appear to have sent shock waves among her opponents, in particular the incumbent, Kyengo Katatha Maweu. "Kangundo is now set to have a lady MP for the first time in it's political history, and voters appear to have settled on Rose to deliver the much needed change," a voter in Kangundo Central Ward told Kenya Free Press in an interview.
The aspirant is confident that she would carry the day in a race that also features a Nairobi-based lawyer Fabian Kyule Muli, businessman Athanus Ndolo, and a lecturer at the Kenyatta University School of Medicine, Dr Ancent Kituku.
Should she win the seat, Mama Rose would enter into the history books as the first woman to represent Kangundo, whose previous MPs include freedom fighter Paul Ngei, Joseph Kimeu Ngutu, Joseph Wambua Mulusya, Moffat Maitha, and most recently Johnstone Muthama (now Machakos Senator) and the incumbent Kyengo.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.