Women in Kilifi County have said that they are ready to win
one third of the political provisions provided in the New Constitution during
the forthcoming general elections.
The chairperson of the Kilifi County Women Development Forum
(KICOPAF), Lina Buni, said that 20 of
their members are already vying for different political positions in the
region. According to her, the group has been preparing the female aspirants to
win the elections through one-to-one discussions.
Addressing the locals during a forum on how to develop Malindi as a tourist
town, Buni said that their strategy is sufficient to meet their target of
wining the elections and secure the one third majority vote as provided by the
constitution of Kenya.
"We have met all women leaders vying for political posts in Kilifi county
and we are ready because our strategy is mainly to win the election come
2013," she explained.
She added that, they have gone up to 20 female aspirants, which is above the
required number of women allowed to vie for seats according to the constitution.
According to her,this is great success since
they have exceeded the constitutional provision for 18 seats to female contestants.
"This is a big achievement since other counties lack enough women to
represent the required political positions come the general elections," she
Naomi Cidi Kumbatha, a Kilifi county senate aspirant, also expressed optimism and
commended their unstoppable plans by noting that they will automatically win.
The former Kenya Airports Authority deputy managing director also added
that women have agreed not to allow their personal interests to ruin their
success during the general elections.
"We have agreed that in any political post, only one woman will contest in
order to avoid waste of votes and that is one of the many strategies we have
put in place," she explained.
The women leaders also said that they are discussing how to
woe men to support their political interests and subsequently ease the tough
competition expected from them.
She further added that men should not be worried by women’s involvement in
politics since they will only go for the chances provided to them by the
constitution, but should instead support women in their bid.
Kumbatha called on youths to shun leaders who may use them to cause
violence saying that the only way to solve the problems experienced at the
Coast is by electing people-minded leaders who are ready to serve them.
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