September 2016

CS Cecily Kariuki and Thika MP Alice Ng'ang'a presenting sh. 5 million Uwezo Fund cheque to chairpersons of beneficiary groups in Thika Stadium.

Thika Town Constituency has been ranked top of its Youth Fund loan repayment list, beating all the other 289 electoral units at 92.5% with the national loan repayment average stands at 76%. This means that new youth groups in the constituency have an opportunity to benefit from the repaid funds.

This was revealed by Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Cecily Kanini Kariuki at the Thika Stadium when she presented cheques worth sh. 14.95 million to youth groups and women. Thika women too are ranked among the top constituencies that have repaid the highest amount of loans advanced to them under the Women Enterprise Fund with an average repayment rate of 97%.

However, she CS pointed out that the same wasn’t the case for those who had applied for the Uwezo Fund who she said performed poorly at 64.9% and urging them to emulate their counterparts in the other funds.

“I presume that when the president said that they would use the money saved for a re-run election in 2013, the youth assumed that it was a token appreciation from the government for voting them in and therefore spent it without repaying back. Just like both the Youth and Women Funds, Uwezo Fund is a revolving fund and envisages that constituencies will revolve amounts repaid to groups so as to benefit more groups. Please repay these loans so that your brothers and sisters benefit as you did,” said the CS.

In total, Sh. 87 million has already been disbursed for loaning to women, youth and persons with disabilities since inception, with sh. 37 million benefiting 65 youth groups under the Youth Fund, 146 youth groups getting sh. 17 million (Uwezo) and sh. 33 million going to Thika Women under the Women Enterprise Fund.

On this day, cheques worth sh. 5.2 million, sh. 6.8 million and sh. 2.8 million were disbursed to 65 youth groups (Youth Fund), 114 groups (Uwezo) and 11 women groups (Women Enterprise Fund) respectively.

Kariuki said that these funds were set up by the Government to benefit women and youth aged above 18 years, whether as part of a group (those famous chamas) or as individuals. They were established as an affirmative action fund to save the Kenyan women and youth who had been marginalised for ages by financial institutions due to lack of collateral and capital, high cost of credit, low financial literacy, limited access to markets, high transactions costs, long distances to formal financial institutions, fear of loans, religious and cultural factors

On the National Youth Service Programme, the CS notified the audience that Thika cohorts had already saved a total of sh. 64.8 million under four SACCOs, money that they will use to start their own businesses.

“This is a great leap towards youth empowerment considering the fact that these young men and women were previously jobless and with no hope for tomorrow. They have now been trained on SACCO management. We are going to train them on entrepreneurship and we will hold their hands until they establish themselves in business enterprises. We will also guide them through taking advantage of the 30% government tender affirmative action for the youth and women,” said Kariuki.

Area MP affirmed that 1553 people had benefitted from the funds in her constituency and it was her prayer that this money would empower more people out of poverty. She said that she was happy that the money loaned to these people would go a long way in easing some of the challenges she was facing in the disbursement of the CDF bursaries as the empowerment would now reduce the number of people in need of bursary assistance.

“Since time in memorial, there has never been such an occasion in Thika to issue people with money to start businesses. This is so great and I really thank the government for this kitty. It is very true that people have benefitted from this money. I am a witness myself when I visited women groups that have succeeded in greenhouse projects. When these people are empowered, they will let others to benefit from the school bursaries I have been extending to their children, thus enabling us to assist more needy people,” said Alice.

A 2017 Kiambu Women Representative aspirant Gathoni Wa Muchomba appealed to the CS and her team to set aside some amount of money to cater for cancer and HIV patients who she said, needed so much nutritional and medical attention.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (MK) has dismissed rumours going round that he will vie for the Kiambu Senatorial seat come 2017.

Speaking at Kahugui-ini Secondary School in his constituency, Kuria said that so many people kept calling him asking him to vie for the seat but he always responded by saying that he still had an unfinished job for the constituents of Gatundu South.

“There is no need to do some shoddy work in whatever mission one is in. I have a lot in store for the people in this constituency. I still have a mission to ensure that everyone here has money in their pockets. I have a mission to ensure that all our youth get jobs after school. That is why I am so devoted in developing this constituency in every sector of our economy. Those who think that the senatorial seat is so ideal, let them vie for it and they will definitely get my blessings,” said Kuria.

He argued that those who were propagating that line of thinking were actually salivating for the Gatundu seat and were sure that they won’t achieve this with ‘MK’ in the race.

“There are some people salivating for my seat and they are behind this rumour. Some people are trying to run Gatundu through remote control and calling on him to run for the Senate. They are going round saying that MK has been a pain in their back and sending emissaries here to divert the people’s attention. Just tell them that if I can vie for the senatorial or gubernatorial seats if want to. But I have a lot of work waiting to be accomplished in this land of Jomo,” he said.

Equating himself with the Biblical Nehemiah, MK said that he was rather busy building a wall to secure Gatundu South and those going to the people of Gatundu with empty promises could only be compared to Nehemiah’s enemies Sanballat and Tobiah, who plotted to attack Jerusalem and create confusion when Nehemiah was rebuilding a wall to secure the city.  He therefore advised his people to listen to them but make the right decision during the polls.

Jubilee women parliamentarians have come up with an initiative to see their re-election and increase their representation in political positions of leadership come 2017.

Under the ‘Women for Women’ Initiative, the legislators are gearing towards securing the re-election of the 12 seating women MPs under the Jubilee party as well as working towards adding this numbers to at least 25 women MPs in the 12th Parliament. They are also targeting to get at least five gubernatorial and ten senatorial positions.

Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh led a delegation of 10 women MPs in Ruiru Town Constituency in a series of tours where they are going round constituencies currently headed by women MPs to drum up support in a bid to ensure that they are re-elected.

Shebesh said that President Uhuru Kenyatta had challenged them to ensure that they attained more elective positions instead of having them wait to be nominated.    

“We have a duty to ensure that the 12 Jubilee seating women MPs get re-elected and then we look for women vying in other areas and drum up support for them. We have been to five constituencies already. We started with Kilome Constituency where we poached Hon. Regina Ndambuki from Wiper then went Kandara in solidarity with Hon. Alice Muthoni Wahome. We have been to Othaya, Baringo and now we are in Ruiru where to support our sister Esther Gathogo,” said Shebesh.

The women Rep. pointed out that Jubilee constituted the highest number of elected women MPs in the current National Assembly with 12 out of the total number of the 16 elected MPs.

She added that they had already identified the women to run for the gubernatorial positions, among them Joyce Laboso (Bomet County), Cecily Mbarire (Embu) and Ann Waiguru (Kirinyaga). She said that they will do all it takes to support them into power despite the challenges.

Host MP Esther Gathogo called on the women MP’s to preach peace in their campaigns since the women were the most affected whenever violence erupted. She added that women were passionate in helping society, saying that she personally had a passion for education.

“Politics come and go but we will remain here. Let us embrace each other by tolerating divergent political views. ,” said Gathogo.

As a woman, I would only advocate for a peaceful election. Through my passion for the young children, I am working hard to improve the education levels in the constituency. Within the past four years, I have managed to build over 60 classrooms and equipped them with desks. This has gone a long way in reducing the congestion in the various schools,” said Gathogo.

Those present included; Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a, Alice Wahome (Kandara), Mary Wambui (Othaya), Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes), Joyce Laboso (Sotik), Peris Tobiko (Kajiado) and nominated senator Beatrice Elachi.

In its 2010 constitution, the electorate voted to enshrine a principle that not more than two thirds of any elected or appointed body – notably Parliament – should be the same gender. Half a decade on, women make up less than 19% of the National Assembly and a mere 27% of the Senate; this target is far from realisation. The Kenya Women’s Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA), the caucus of female Parliamentarians, has been at the heart of the debate exploring various mechanisms for improving women’s participation in politics and securing workable quotas for representation.

Other than the negative traditional cultural attitudes towards women in politics, female MPs are seen as ineffective due to the fact that the majority of them currently hold their seats as a result of the current top-up system, where women hold ‘County Representative’ seats rather than being directly elected MPs. As they are wholly dependent on the political parties for their position, there is a natural reluctance to deviate from the party line – they tend to be cautious, lacking the empowerment provided by an electoral mandate to pursue non-partisan beliefs and agendas. Finance is also a challenge. Parties do not provide candidates with funding and women candidates struggle to attract financial support.

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