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Kilifi women challenged to fight for political posts

11 September 2012, 11:26 Alloys Musyoka

Women in Kilifi County have been challenged to come out and take their political position in the coming general elections.

Addressing locals at TJs restaurant in Magarini, during a farewell party of the former Magarini district officer Patrick Olentutu, the Soulwood representative in Magarini Maurine Karisa said this round women should not wait to be given positions freely without competing for them.

She said women should be dedicated by competing with their rivals and take over leadership according to the new constitution which demands that women must be represented in the county governments.

“There is no any other option my fellow women but just taking those positions set aside for us and that will not be easy because we must
compete for them,” she added.

The coming government, Karisa said will not be stable if at all women are not represented and so expressed the need for women to be prepared to swim in the political waters for them to get those positions.

Most of the time Karisa said women have shied away from competing in political positions because of their traditional background and cultural practices.

“We are in a new era where the constitution have created a docket for women and so we can’t say men are refusing us to take those positions it is us to go for them because we are guarded by the constitution which we voted for,” she posed.

Karisa who is eying Kilifi county women representative said she is dedicated to serve locals in the area if elected come the general election.

Currently there are about ten women who have come out to compete for different women positions in the county governments in the area with some going for senate docket,county women representative and ward representative as well.

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