Mt Elgon women enraged by parties
25 April 2013, 13:24
Women leaders from Mt Elgon Sub-County have faulted the two big parties in Bungoma County - Ford Kenya and New Ford Kenya - for allocating all the special seats in the local area county assembly to members from one ethnic community.
Speaking to members of the press in Kapsokwony on Sunday, the women, led by the Mt Elgon Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson Jennifer Mbatiany, said they are disappointed by the open bias exhibited by the top leadership of the two mentioned parties.
She said that out of the 9 women seats the two political parties allocated to its nominees in the list that was published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in The Saturday Standard, none hailed from outside the Bukusu community that is dominant in the county.
“We are bitter as the women of Mt Elgon; the parties have started on a very bad note. Why exclude women from other tribes in the county like the Sabaot and Teso who also reside in the county?” charged Mbatiany.
She noted that the parties went against Article 177 of the new constitution and section 7(2) of the County Government Act which has a provision that the political parties must ensure that community and cultural diversity of the county is reflected in the county assembly, and that there is adequate representation to protect minorities within the county, in accordance with article 197 of the constitution.
Violet Wambete, a Mt Elgon political activist, expressed fear that this may be a pointer of how the small tribes in the county will be treated in the near future.
“We are shocked that despite the two parties getting a large number of votes in the constituency, they intentionally went ahead to sideline women from Mt Elgon, even those who aggressively campaigned for them,” exclaimed Wambete.
She congratulated the Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) party for giving two slots to people from Mt Elgon, regardless of the fact that it enjoys minimal support in the area.
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