Women begin grassroots campaigns for Martha Karua in Meru

A million women for Martha Karua door-to-door campaign take place in Meru County. [George Kaimenyi, Standard]

Women leaders today took the 'Million Women for Martha' vote-hunting campaign to villages in Buuri, Meru county.

Meru MCAs Makena Muthaura and Betty Kiambati went on a door-to-door vote campaign as they sensitised residents on contents of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya manifesto.

Ms Kiambati, who is running for Ruiri Rwarera Ward MCA and Muthaura, who stepped down for Jubilee Woman Rep candidate Gakii Mbui, combed Eka Ijiiri homes to reach out to women voters for Raila Odinga's running mate, Martha Karua.

Ms Muthaura said their message in wooing the local women to support Karua, and by extension Raila, was because she knew the challenges they face as women.

"When you support Karua and Raila you are voting for the side where women's interests are represented well," said Ms Muthaura.

The Jubilee MCA was happy with the reception they received at homes they visited in their vote hunt, telling the women that area leaders such as Governor Kiraitu Murungi, CS Peter Munya, Margaret Kobia and others were in the Azimio coalition where their interests were assured.

Kiambati who is vying on a Jubilee ticket, urged women to debunk the myth that women are their own worst enemies, by voting for the Raila-Karua ticket.

"When you elect women, they do not let you down. Karua is for justice and she is an advocate for rights for all," she said.

At the home of Julia Kendi, Kiambati and Muthaura got an attentive listener, with Kendi vowing to support Karua.

"Though Raila and Karua did not come in person, I am happy they sent our leaders to ask for our votes. I will definitely vote for them," she said.

Ms Muthaura said they were targeting over 500,000 votes, out of 740,000 votes in the county.

In Nyeri County, 20 women volunteers in Gitugi village, Othaya Constituency, visited locals in their homesteads and asked them to vote for the Azimio team.

Florence Waweru who led the volunteers said they concentrated their efforts in the rural areas, because most of the political rallies take place in the trading centres.