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10 Women MPs Gang Up To Drum Up Support For Alice 2017 Re-Election.

A section of the women MPs who came to support the reelection of Thika MP Alice Ng'ang'a dancing to a song by Kikuyu Gospel icon Jane Muthoni (in blue).

In a bid to achieve the gender parity in the Kenyan political scene that is currently male dominated, ten women parliamentarians joined hands to drum up support for Thika Town MP Alice Wambui Ng’ang’a to ensure that she was re-elected for another term.

Led by the National Assembly Deputy Majority Leader and Taveta MP Naomi Shaban, at Makongeni in Thika, the MPs vowed to intensify campaigns for their re-election and also see election of more women in various elective positions during next year’s General Elections. They said following the rejection of the Gender Bill, they would mobilise women to elect their own in order to increase the number of women MPs, Senators and Governors.

The leaders also embarked on a campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

Speaking during the campaign, Shaban said that women leaders went through so many challenges in their pursuit for leadership which called for them to develop a thick skin. She called for fairness in the distribution of the new IEBC commissioners saying it a women right that these slots were shared on a 50-50 basis.

Nairobi Women Representative Rachael Shebesh claimed that they had been sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta to ask people of Thika Town Constituency to re-elect their MP, Alice Ng’ang’a, adding that both the ‘Women 4 Women’ and ‘Operation Linda Mama’ Initiatives had the blessings of the President and his Deputy who she alleged to be made a commitment to support women leadership.

“The President is delighted by the work of your MP and he has sent us to request you to reelect her since she has been very instrumental in advocating the agenda of Jubilee government. In the National Assembly we have only 16 elected women MPs, 14 of them being from the Jubilee side. We want to ensure that they are all reelected and also make sure that this number goes up in next year’s general election,” said Shebesh.

Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) and Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South) said that Ukambani region was slowly getting swept away by the Jubilee wave and it was just a matter of time before the region joined the bandwagon and voted for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 polls.

“Makueni has decided to support Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. We are tired of being cheated and treated to political circus. We have now shifted to seek development,” said Ndambuki.

On her part, Nyamai said that 11 MPs in Ukambani had already aligned themselves to the Jubilee Government and would reciprocate UHURUTO’s support for women and development by voting them in come 2017.

“Without fear of contradiction, I have never been a CORD member and I will not come there. Those calling on me to join the opposition will have to stop day dreaming!” declared Nyamai.

Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo said, “You can never go wrong in electing a woman into leadership position because they represent great leadership.”

The host MP took the podium to expound on her development agenda and how she has always stood with the people of Thika in the time of need. She pointed out that she wanted to leave a legacy of improving the education standards of the area adding that it was the reason she paid so much attention in the sector.

Other MPs present, included Alice Muthoni Wahome (Kandara), Mary Wambui (Othaya), Nominated Senator Fatuma Dhullo (Isiolo), Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi) and Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East).

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