KEWOPA Come Up With 'Plan B' To Beat The Two-Thirds Gender Rule.



After failing to convince their male counterparts to pass a crucial bill to effect the two-thirds gender rule despite a passionate appeal from President Uhuru Kenyatta, seven Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) have fell back to a ‘Plan B’ that will ensure that the 16 already in Parliament retain their seats in addition to all those who will vie in next year’s general elections.

While flagging off the Kandara MP Alice Muthoni Wahome in a series of team-boosting campaigns in constituencies led by women legislatures, the MPs moved to acknowledge women leadership in the country, citing various accomplishments that their leadership had managed to achieve.

They argued that, contrary from their male counterparts, women leaders always sought to find meaning and purpose from each circumstance they faced and opportunity they were given.  They liked to see and understand the connectivity of thoughts and how they worked or why they didn’t, thereby presenting the best leadership in the country. They added that faced those adverse circumstances of juggling with being mothers, people’s wives and leadership, the women brought the best out of leadership.

“Women are often the glue that keeps things together and that is why they represent great leadership. Women are usually the ones to secure the foundational roots of the family and to protect family and cultural traditions from wavering. They provide the leadership within the home and in the workplace to assure that legacies remain strong by being fed with the right nutrients and ingredients,” said Ruiru MP Esther Nyambura Gathogo.

2017 Bomet Gubernatorial Candidate, Dr. Joyce Cherono Laboso, who is currently the National Assembly Deputy Speaker boasted of her achievements as Sotik MP had guaranteed her two terms in office and was now considering a higher office.

“The people of Kenya have seen a great difference in the leadership of women. As an MP, my people have voted me in twice and they could have done so for even a third time because we value the welfare of our people. When women MPs talk in the various forums, we only present issues that affect the people who have voted for us. And that is why I am now presenting myself for that bigger office of the governor of Bomet,” said Laboso.

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Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi, who is first woman to be appointed majority Chief Whip in the history of parliament, took the audience through the various projects that Madam Wahome had initiated in her constituency that included the construction of Muirini Secondary School, a 7.5km road from Muruka to Kandara and the UWEZO Fund among others.

She added that Kandara was to benefit from a 200million hospital, a 100million for technical institutes and a 200million water project were also in the pipeline this coming financial year.

Elachi said that come 2017, she was presenting her candidature for Dagoretti North Constituency so that she could extend positive women leadership to the people of Kenya.

Nairobi Women Rep. Rachael Wambui Shebesh said that the Kenyan National Assembly had a total of 16 women, with Jubilee’s tally constituting to 12. She said that the women legislatures had come to the constituency with the message from the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta who was appealing to Kenyans to elect more women leaders.

Othaya MP Mary Wambui noted that women had a transformational style of leadership and established themselves as role models. She said that female leaders tended to be extremely focused on completing their tasks, excelled at developing others, inspiring and motivating others due to their motherly nature.
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