The 2022 succession politics and debate around referendum dominated speeches during the Inua Mama Nakuru County edition held on Friday at the Nakuru ASK grounds.
The women political leaders drawn from various counties in the country led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika in their speeches making it clear that they will not be intimidated.
Addressing at the meeting, Kihika as women leaders they will continue to fight for their democratic space without any intimidation form any quota.
Kihika also using the opportunity to hit out at the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the BBI initiative which according to the leaders is meant to benefit the Dynasty system of governance rather than Kenyans.
The women political leaders who are rallying behind Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential ambition stating that they will only support referendum that is aimed at improving the lives of the common citizens.
“You can arrest us and do anything but we will not be intimidated. We will fight for our space and support DP William Ruto’s ambition and only support the referendum that is meant to benefit Kenyans but not a few individuals” said Kihika.
Similar sentiments echoed by Trans-Nzoia Woman Representative Janet Nangabo who called on the society to respect the role being played by women.
While lauding the work that has been done by various elected women leaders in the country, the Trans-Nzoia Woman Rep also challenged women to wake up from their comfort zones and ensure they clinch their space in leadership.
“Enough is enough and as women we have to wake up form our comfort zones.We will not continue to remain in kitchens as votes are being cast” said Nangabo.
Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei on her part hitting out at BBI over what she termed is illegal initiative that is meant to confuse Kenyans.
Shollei who is a lawyer by profession arguing out that BBI has not followed the right procedure that is required as per the law to have referendum and therefore is only meant to benefit a few individuals.
The Uasin Gishu woman Rep who represents the home county to Deputy President William Ruto also using the moment to drum up support for DP’s 2022 political ambition.
“The BBI is telling us that they want to unite Kenyans as if Kenya is divided. Let us stand for the truth that the BBI has nothing new to tell us. Kenya is united and we shall work together and support William Ruto’s ambition towards 2022”said Shollei.
Sentiments reiterated by Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa stating that the BBI has not collected views from various stakeholders including political leaders.
According to the Isiolo Woman Rep,BBI is only aimed at benefiting individuals, a burden to Kenyans and should be rejected by Kenyans.
“We can’t support an initiative that is meant to burden Kenyans more to benefit individuals” said Chaldesa.
Lakipia Woman Rep Catherine Waruguru on her part hitting out at the Ministry of interior for trying to intimidate politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto.
Waruguru also warning Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru to keep off national politics and stop masquerading as spokesperson for Mount Kenya region.
“We want to state here in Nakuru today that we won’t be intimidated to stop supporting William Ruto.We are also telling Anne Waiguru that we are together on development agenda but on our political ambition and stand please give us a break” said Waruguru.
The Meeting was also attended by Nakuru MPs David Gikaria(Nakuru East),Kimani Ngunjiri(Bahati),Charity Kathambi(Njoro),Jayne Kihara(Naivasha),Samuel Gachobe(Subukia),Woman Rep Liza Chelule,and several MCAs and former MCAs from Nakuru County.Later the group Inua Mama team was to visit Njoro sub county to issue cheques to various women groups.
PHOTO/Wakibia James:Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika(Centre),Njoro MP Charity Kathambi(Left) and Wangui Ngirici during the Inua Mama Program Nakuru Edition meeting held on Friday 13,Sep 2019 at Nakuru ASK show ground.