Governor Anne Waiguru has urged Kirinyaga residents to support BBI saying it will unite Kenyans and bring many more benefits to the citizens.
The Governor spoke after she led the county’s women in celebrating the International Women’s Day at Kerugoya Stadium.
She said that BBI report will ensure that women are well represented at all levels of governance and will also bring more resources to the county which will now get an allocation of Ksh 8 billion up from the current Ksh 4.8 billion.
“The additional funding enable us realize more development which includes giving better support to our children’s education through improved bursary allocation” she said.
She observed that women have suffered disproportionately through the Covid-19 pandemic since they are already at a disadvantaged position, whereby they have the most vulnerable jobs, less money and their small businesses are less resilient to economic shocks.
Homa Bay Women Representative Gladys Wanga appealed to all women to support BBI since it will give them more representation at various levels including in the senate.
While commending the Waiguru, Wanga said that the Governor’s women empowerment record dated back during her tenure as Cabinet Secretary for Devolution where she steered the establishment of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) which now enables County Women Representatives to carry out development programs.
The event which was attended by over 2,000 women drawn from across the county was graced by Kajiado East Member of Parliament Peris Tobiko, Current Deputy Chief Whip of the senate Farhiya Haji, Wajir Women Representative Fatuma Gedi, The Chairperson, Commission of Administrative Justice, Florence Kajuju and members of the young women leaders caucus-Daughters of the Mountain.