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County first ladies agree to work together

29 August 2014, 23:05

Nairobi - More than 20 wives of the county governors have agreed to work together in-order to find solutions for problems affecting women and youth in the counties.

Speaking today at a women and youth empowerment workshop in a Nairobi hotel, Nairobi’s first lady Dr. Susan Mboya said they want to change their counties to become much better for women and youth by starting initiatives that will benefit them.

“This is the opportunity for 1st ladies to come and talk about our diversities and see how we can work together. It’s an opportunity to network and know each other irrespective of our political, religious or tribal affiliations,” she said.

She noted that education in her county is the greatest challenge but vowed to do her best so that she can improve it. She said the county is partnering with development agencies so that they can finance infrastructure for schools and provide land where possible.

“Primary school going population is estimated to be 596,868 in 2017 with girls accounting for 51%. However, currently only 193,053 children are enrolled in the 205 public primary schools in the county, meaning more than half of the eligible school age population is out of school,” she said.

She added that the county is in its final stages of putting a street children rehabilitation centre in Ruai.

“We want quality education for all children irrespective of socioeconomic status,” she said adding that the county has set some money aside to offer daily meals to the less privileged kids through school feeding programme.

She urged the first ladies to try their level best and assist their counties despite the fact that they are committed with other career time jobs.

“Let us work hard and transform people’s lives. I am in a full time job but I know I am trying as much as I can to change lives in my county,” she said.

Eng. Esther Rutto, a wife of Bomet governor, said the county first ladies have a unique opportunity and should play a unifying role irrespective of political, religion or tribal affiliation. She revealed that they have partnered with Kenya’s first lady, Margaret Kenyatta in bringing The Beyond Zero campaign to the counties.

She also said that they want to increase engagement with stakeholders and citizens to further their goals as a uniting force.

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