During this International Women’s Day, Kenyans had the opportunity to celebrate the women that have made impact in the country’s political landscape, which is extensively male dominated.
There are quite a number of women that have made a mark in the local politics, but here are the most vocal ones according to Ghana’s OMGVoice.They are listed in no particular order:
1. Martha Karua
She has had a shot at the presidency and is now looking to be Kirinyaga Governor. Karua has always been a tough woman who knows the INs and OUTs of politics.
2. Charity Kaluki Ngilu
A seasoned politician who never runs out of steam. She has served as an MP and minister for many years. She also ran for president back in 1997 and is now looking forward to be a governor.
3. Wavinya Ndeti
She is the CCM party leader and former MP for Kathiani constituency. Wavinya is currently vying for the Machakos gubernatorial seat against a well-performing Alfred Mutua. It takes a lot of guts to go against a top dog.
4. Millie Odhiambo
She has more balls than Old Trafford. Tough and controversial is what defines ODM stalwart Mille Odhiambo. And did I forget fearless? She definitely needs no further introduction.
5. Dr.Agnes Zani
University of Nairobi’s Sociology Lecturer Dr. Agnes Zani has distinguished herself as a respected scholar and a champion for the rights of the marginalised. This passion earned her a nomination in the Senate where she is equally vocal.
6. Naisula Lesuuda
Naisula has been running a lot of projects to empower girls from her Samburu backyard. Well, all we can say is ‘pretty’ and ‘hardworking’ is always a good combination.
7. Sabina Wanjiru Chege
The Murang’a County Women Representative is an excellent orator and a living factory of ideas. That isn’t surprising because she was once a journalist and radio presenter.
8. Mishi Mboko
The Mombasa County Women Representative is best known for calling on Kenyan women to deny men sex until they all registered as voters. Mboko is always vocal and a big supporter of the opposition.
9. Gladys Wanga
Unlike most politicians, the Homabay County Women Representative never keeps quiet or sleeps in parliament. Back in the day, she made history by becoming the fist female student to be elected as Secretary General of a students union.
10. Dr.Joyce Laboso
She is the deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. Joyce has been vocal about the unfair treatment of women politicians stemming from her decision to vie for the Bomet Gubernatorial seat.
11. Aisha Jumwa
The Kilifi County Women Representative is a fierce critic of the Jubilee government and has been arrested a few times. Despite her troubles with the law, she doesn’t look like she’ll want to slow down.