Rift Valley women pledge to support President Kenyatta’s re-election

Women from 12 counties in the expansive Rift Valley Thursday made a joint pledge to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

They said they had no reason not to support President Kenyatta’s election after witnessing the momentous and unrivalled progress the country has witnessed under his leadership.

The charged women said they are also not ready to replace the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in appreciation of her aggressive and successful campaigns for the health of mothers and children under her signature Beyond Zero initiative.

The pledge was made at the Agricultural Society of Kenya grounds, Nakuru, where the First Lady met with thousands of women in a meeting convened by the Maendelo Ya Wanawake Organization

The women were drawn from the counties of Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, Baringo, Kericho, West Pokot, Trans-Nzoia, Nandi, Narok, Uasin Gishu, Turkana, Bomet and host Nakuru.

The women also vowed to maintain peace before and after the elections.

Besides the MYWO national chairperson Mrs Rahab Muiu, and Secretary Elizabeth Mayieka, the meeting was addressed by the movement’s pioneers, Senator Zipporah Kittony,  Pauline Sang and all the  County chairpersons  of the movement from all the 12 Counties.

“Women from the Rift Valley have already made their decision. Our choice for President is Uhuru Kenyatta. The others can try another time”, Mrs Kitonny said, summing up the sentiments expressed by more than 15 MYWO representatives from the Counties.

Thursday’s event was the eighth in a series of MYWO meetings the First Lady has attended in recent weeks addressing thousands of women in Kitui, Kajiado, Isiolo, Samburu, Kisii , Nyamira and Kwale where they have largely  assured her they will vote for President Kenyatta.

Drumming up support for the re-election of President Kenyatta, the First Lady said all the promises the Head of State had made to the women, youth, children and the elderly had all come true.

And much more is on President Kenyatta’s job card when re-elected during the August 8 General Elections, said the First Lady.

“We are on the right track – the promises Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Government made to women, children, girls, men, the youth and the elderly have all come true”, said the First Lady .

She assured the women that President Kenyatta has big plans for them and the nation and they should support his re-election during the coming polls.

“I know he will continue to support us when we re-elect him back in office on 8th August 2017, so that he can complete the plans he has for Kenyans”, said the First Lady.

She cited the expanded National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)  the Cash Transfer program to  senior citizens above 70 years, orphans and the disabled  and  improved maternal health as some of greatest  and most successful health and social programs  implemented by the Jubilee Government  under  President Kenyatta.

She said Kenyans no longer need to travel long distance to seek medical attention because District hospitals had been equipped with modern facilities for such diseases as cancer, dialysis and diabetes.

She said the Beyond Zero Initiative was successful because it had the support of President Kenyatta.

The First Lady However said there was more work yet to be done to ensure women  have access to financial education and more business opportunities.

“We know that more work needs to be done to uplift the business skills for women and more work is needed to expand funding opportunities for women and youth to access seed funding to start their businesses”, she said

She promised to take a special message to President  Kenyatta to facilitate MYWO as the vehicle that women will use to gain business management skills and access seed funding for their enterprises.

She will also deliver another message to the President to facilitate MYWO members start Saccos and construct offices in parcels of land they own across the counties.

Other concerns she shared with the women included food security and access to safe water which she said were the other priorities of President Kenyatta  and the Jubilee Government when re-elected.

“I want to assure you that he (President Kenyatta) has promised to invest more in food security and access to safe water. Because women and children are the most affected by lack of good nutrition and limited access to safe water and poor sanitation”, she said

Others at the meeting included Jubilee candidates from Nakuru, Lee Kinyanjui (Governor) and Susan Kihika for Senator.

 

Written by PSCU, Published by Christine Muchira

  

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