Church women leaders urged to go for elective political posts
Women who proclaim to the Christian faith and work for the church often shy away from elective political decision making positions. However, things are bound to change if they take the bait that has been thrown at them.
According to Sheila Githaiga, Nyeri County chairlady of a non-governmental organisation dubbed Thuluthi Mbili za Mama, women leaders from church departments such as the Mother’s Union, Women’s Guild, Mother’s Council and Christian Women Association should vie for political seats.
“The church women leaders should not say that political seats are dirty seats. They should come out of the church and vie for those posts since the constitution allows it. Even the biblical Esther was a politician,” said Githaiga.
She was speaking to over 100 women from Nyeri County during a consultative meeting at Ivory Resort Hotel in Nyeri town recently.
Githaiga also called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure the Chepkonga Bill is withdrawn from the National Assembly since it is retrogressive and contravenes the tenets of the Constitution of Kenya.
“I urge the President to ensure that Chepkonga Bill is withdrawn since he has been supportive to women very much. This Bill should either be defeated or shot down,” said Githaiga. She reiterated: “It is against the gender rule and is not in line with the Constitution.”
Githaiga posed: “If other countries in the world are prioritizing women leadership, why is this not happening in Kenya?”
She noted that if Chepkonga fails to withdraw the Bill, women in the country will collect one million signatures in order for it to be withdrawn adding that women will also move to court.
Her sentiments were echoed by Lucy Wanyitu, Member of the Nyeri County Assembly who urged other women to vie for the elective positions.
“Women’s security is guaranteed and there are many organisations that are ready to support them during the campaigns,” reiterated Wanyitu.