Two more women from Murang’a to join parliament

Newly elected Kigumo Mp Ruth Mwaniki shortly after she was declared the winner at Mariira polytechnic in Murang’a. Photo: Grace Mwangi
Newly elected Kigumo Mp Ruth Mwaniki shortly after she was declared the winner at Mariira polytechnic in Murang’a. Photo: Grace Mwangi

Murang’a County has increased the number of female legislators after two more women were elected as members of parliament.

After vigorous campaigns, the two managed to triumph over their male competitors to emerge victorious.

Ruth Mwaniki, a former managing director of the collapsed Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU) and immediate former Export Promotions Council Chief Executive Officer is the new MP for Kigumo taking over from Jamleck Kamau.

Mwaniki, a first timer in politics trounced seven other opponents in a hotly contested seat that attracted local politicians and tycoons. She garnered 41,041 votes against her opponent’s 24,000 votes.

Speaking after receiving her certificate at Mariira Polytechnic, Mwaniki said she almost gave up the race due to intimidation and threats from male counterparts but one of her friends urged her to soldier on.

“I wanted to withdraw from the race after several nasty incidents happened and my rivals started circulating leaflets bearing malicious statements,” she
recalled.

Victory
In Maragua, Mary Waithira Njoroge commonly referred to as Wamaua trounced five male competitors and emerged the winner after garnering 46,688 votes.

Njoroge was in the race for women representative’s seat in 2013 but lost. However, she was later nominated to the Murang’a County Assembly.

She came in to the limelight when she sponsored the impeachment motion against Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria which generated a lot of heat.

Alice Wahome was lucky to retain her seat as the MP for Kandara in a tightly contested race which attracted six other candidates.

Wahome is the only MP in the County who was re-elected to the National Assembly after all the
MPs were swept away the Jubilee wave during the party’s nominations.

Wahome urged members of public to embrace women’s leadership citing that they would reliably represent the interests of the society if given
leadership positions.

Sabina Chege, who was re-elected as the county women representative said she is happy to have more women on board from the region and pledged to mentor many more to join leadership.

She said: “Women have proven their capability as the best caretakers and managers of resources and they should be given a chance in political leadership.”