Women leaders push for a stronger voice in politics

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko (centre) and Baringo Woman Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot (right) with other women leaders during a rally in Kabarnet Town. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Women leaders have vowed to promote unity, support the war on corruption and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

The team comprising legislators drawn from the Senate, national and county assemblies, who have rallied under the ‘Team Embrace’ banner, were in Kabarnet, Baringo County, yesterday during their first ‘Embrace Mashinani’ rally-cum-meet-the-women tour.

The women said they would move across the country to preach peace, love, unity and cohesion among the citizens.

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga said they had agreed to work together to unite Kenyans.

She said they were following in the footsteps of retired President Daniel Moi.

“Embrace Mashinani, we stand for peace, love and unity. We have agreed to be together. That’s why we came here,” Ms Wanga said.

The Woman Rep said they wanted the agencies tasked with fighting corruption to keep up the fight.

Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege said they were preaching preach to alleviate the suffering of women.

Women suffer

“When we do not have peace, women are the most affected. As women we have decided to unite,” said Ms Chege.

She said the time for politics was over and called on Kenyans to allow them traverse the country to preach peace.

Migori Woman Rep Pamela Odhiambo said, “We don’t want to see our people die, not even a single person. We support the presidency. We say no to tribalism, killings and corruption.”

The women, who expressed support for the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga in March last year, said that the pace between the two leaders had allowed peace to prevail.

The MPs warned the youth against being used by political leaders to disrupt peace.

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko said they would do whatever it took to ensure peace was not disrupted.

“We will ensure there is no more bloodshed or violence. We want to embrace peace, and as women we have decided,” Ms Mboko said.

Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi decried the corruption being witnessed across the country.

“We woke up in the morning to vote in our leaders; today we are for crying peace. Levels of poverty have gone high and business have closed. We are tired of being bankrupt and begging,” Ms Elachi said.

Former Nyeri Woman Rep Priscilla Nyokabi said the country should find a lasting solution to the hunger that had afflicted citizens.

Ms Nyokabi urged leaders to work together to achieve food security in Baringo and other counties, adding that cattle rustling must be stopped if residents were to embrace peace.

Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris said it was a pity people continued to kill each other, adding that she was shocked to hear reports of bodies of minors found dumped in Nairobi River.

Tribal lenses

Ms Passaris said the time had come for Kenyans to view each other as Kenyans and not through the lenses of tribal or political differences.

“Believe in us women, in Kenya. We don’t want corruption and tribalism,” she said.

Baringo Woman Rep Gladwell Cheruiyot said it was time to show love, unity and cohesion among Kenyans and work towards a common goal.

Ms Cheruiyot said Baringo residents had gone through a lot of suffering as insecurity, hunger and drought reigned.

She said politics should be set aside for the sake of serving the people.

“Stay in peace, unite and let us go the development way. When 2022 comes, we will talk politics,” she said.

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