Vihiga residents fail to vote in first woman MP

Vihiga constituency residents failed to vote for the first woman legislator during the just concluded elections.

Ms Dorcas Kedogo vied on Orange Democratic Party (ODM) after beating her male counterpart during the party’s primaries.

She is the outgoing Vihiga woman representative.

The seat was left vacant after Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu went for the gubernatorial race.

Kedogo who competed against more than four men emerged second after being defeated by former Mumias sugar factory finance manager Ernest Ogesi on a Amani National Congress (ANC) ticket.

She garnered 10,049 votes against the winner Ogesi who got 12,258 votes in a hotly contested race.

Others included Wilberforce Kitienzo (Independent), Tom Kisia (PPK) and Evans Fungubi (UDP).

Only two women Beatrice Adagala (Woman representative) and Busali ward MCA Gladys Analo were elected to the national and county assembly respectively. Kedogo is a former teacher and was once a Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) official in Vihiga County. She is also step-sister to the ousted Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga.

Source: Kenya News Agency