Drop in number of women deputy governors    

Kericho County Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai. She is among seven women serving as deputy governors in the 47 counties. Photo: Courtesy
Kericho County Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai. She is among seven women serving as deputy governors in the 47 counties. Photo: Courtesy

As Kenyans celebrate the election of three women as Governors, the number of women Deputy Governors has gone down drastically.

Following the 2013 General Election, nine women were running mates to governors who won in the inaugural election post promulgation of the new constitution. However, following the just concluded General Election, this number has reduced to seven, way below the recommended two thirds affirmative action clause entrenched in the Constitution.

Out of the 47 counties only seven governors have deputy governors of the opposite gender, which represents a very small percentage of the total number.

Three of those who lost suffered because of either disagreeing or opposing their bosses or not vying. They were  Ruth Adhiambo Odinga in Kisumu, Dorothy Nditi Muchungu in Embu, Hazel Katana in Mombasa and Mary Ndiga Kibuka of Taita Taveta. Katana opted to seek the senatorial race but was unsuccessful while Nditi who wanted to be county women representative did not make it either. Odinga did not seek an elective position while Kibuka lost because her boss failed to recapture the Taita Taveta seat.

However, the other others supported their bosses to their victory and include Evalyn Aruasa Chepkurui (Narok), Fatuma Mohamed Achami (Kwale), Susan Kikwai Chepkoech (Kericho) and Andelina Mwau Ndeto (Makueni).

The three new comers are: Majala Mlagui Delina (Taita Taveta, Cecilia Wanjiru Mbuthia (Nyandarua) and Yulita Mitei Chebotip (Nandi).