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Ida Odinga lauds devolution

27 October 2014, 09:33 Jane Zack

Busia - CORD leader Raila Odinga's wife, Ida Odinga lauded the new constitution saying it had brought very many women into focus as many of them are now in positions of leadership.

Ida was speaking at St. Joseph's Girls Primary School in Busia over the weekend during a sanitary distribution drive.

All primary schoolgoing girls in Busia County are set to benefit from a support program for the girl child education and distribution of sanitary pads to vulnerable children following the launch of the program courtesy of area Governor's wife, Judy Ojaamong'.

Ida, who was the chief guest in the event, said: "With the onset of the new constitution, resources have been brought closer to the people and we now have women representatives, MCAs, first ladies of the counties as opposed to earlier times where we used to have only women PCs and DCs."

She however said that it would be better if the National Government considered assigning funds to governors' wives for development purposes in the grassroots.

"I urge you to meet your goals by partnering with development partners for the betterment of the livelihoods of our people," she told the first ladies of the four Counties in Western region.

She reiterated that governors' wives have a crucial role to play and that they will be judged in 2017 by what they have done to guarantee women votes for their husbands.

Judy, who presided over the ceremony, said that she decided to come to the rescue of girlchild and vulnerable children in the County as they used to drop out of school due to lack of sanitary towels, writing materials and other essential personal effects.

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Well-wishers donated sanitary towels, underpants, geometrical sets and writing material worth over KES 0.5 million to be distributed to the recipients across the County primary schools, with Judy pledging to distribute over 100 000 sanitary pads, shoes, writing materials and snacks.

Wives of regional governors present at the ceremony included Margaret Lusaka (Bungoma), Rosela Rasanga (Siaya) and Priscilla Oparanya (Kakamega).

Judy noted: "Universal education is a pillar to great development in every sector of the economy, and this calls for concerted efforts in promoting education standards in the county right from Early Childhood Education to primary, secondary and tertiary level.

Among the sponsors of the initiative included Inter Consumer, Inter Child Support and Co-operative Bank of Kenya who pledged one year supply.

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