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President Uhuru Kenyatta lauds election of women, youth

By Roselyne Obala | Published Wed, September 13th 2017 at 00:00, Updated September 13th 2017 at 00:39 GMT +3
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the guard of honour outside Parliament before he opened it on 12/09/2017. PHOTO BY PIUS CHERUIYOT

President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the number of women and youth elected in the August 8 General Election.

President Kenyatta said this continues to demonstrate the commitment in leadership throughout the country.

With three women elected governor - Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), and Joyce Laboso (Bomet) - while others won other positions, Uhuru yesterday noted that this was a major milestone in affirmative action.

He made reference to the election of a member of the county assembly (MCA) in Kajiado who has a disability.

The President also saluted the large number of young people who were elected.

"Today I am a proud Kenyan for the gains we have made in promoting inclusion of women into elected office. I am proud because I have great confidence in Kenya's women and deep faith in their capacities."

He said the young men and women elected have a special responsibility to represent the aspirations of the youth in employment opportunities and better service delivery.

There are five senators, 23 MPs, and three woman representatives who fall under the category of youth.

"Nevertheless, as important as these gains are, we recognise we still have much more work to do to increase their participation in national leadership," he said in reference to the two-thirds gender rule that has yet to be implemented.

President Kenyatta also lauded the performance of the last Parliament, which he said had made its mark on the country's history to entrench devolution.

"They will forever be remembered for the way they steered and entrenched devolution within a relatively short time," he said.

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