Kenya: Women Challenged to Go for Top Elective Seats in 2017 Polls

Women have been challenged to seek top elective seats in the coming General Elections, including the presidency.

Ms Naomi Wanja, a director with the Nyayo Tea Zones, said there was need to push for the election of more women to bridge the leadership gap between them and their male counterparts.

“Women should come out and fight with men for top elective posts,” said Ms Wanja.

She spoke on Monday at Kiirua Chief’s Camp in Meru during the distribution of Sh383,000 affirmative action fund cheques.

Ms Wanja said it was sad that there was no single woman elected as either governor or senator in Kenya.

“We should not lead as second-class leaders but top bosses which I am sure we can make if we are committed and determined to be leaders,” she said.

She criticised women who were fighting their colleagues instead of supporting them.

“There is no need of six women campaigning for one elective seat and they are sure that only one person will be elected.

“Support one another to ensure [there are] more women leaders in the society,” added Ms Wanja.

She further called for support for women who seeking the presidency saying Kenya was ready to be ruled by a woman president.