Bungoma women urged to seek elective seats
Written by Joan Wesakulila
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A section of women attending a capacity building seminar in Bungoma town. [PHOTO|Joan Wesakulila|West Fm]
As the country gears for the next general election, women from Bungoma County have been urged to go for elective seats instead of being used as swing votes.
Since introduction of multiparty democracy in the country, it has been noted that not many of the women have been elected into office.
The Constitution of Kenya of 2010 provides a gender parity of 2/3 in favour of women, thus acting as a stepping stone for them to seek elective seats.
Addressing women in Bungoma in a capacity building workshop to sensitize women leaders from Bungoma county Eric Wambasi one of the facilitators said time has come for women to be sensitized and made to see opportunities at their doorstep, equip them with the necessary skills and promote a stronger network for those intending to vie for elective posts in their respective Counties.
He said it was important for the women to understand fully the elective posts created by the Constitution to allow them participate fully in leadership and at the same time understand the legal requirements available.
Mr. Lumbasi said women candidates in Bungoma County have to be equipped fully with the necessary campaigns and at the same time political parties to be lobbied to create space for women leadership within their structures and make sure other women come out in unity to support one of their own in the County.
He noted that unity among women was the key factor to be observed in order to succeed in their ambitions and be represented fully.
Women came out strongly and tabled issues affecting them and the obstacles that have been hindering them revealing that lack of love for one other, jealousy and talking ill of each other were issues to be watched as they were the main obstacles.
They encouraged each other to shun away from such vices so they can strategize their policies well to grab the leadership positions available.
On the issue of academic qualifications they urged that women should be considered and given priority as making it a degree for them will shutter most of their dreams.