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Use of underwear in protests haunts Governor Wambora

19 February 2015, 18:43 Jayden Kanuri

Embu - The display of a female panty bearing the names of Embu Women Rep, Cecily Mbarire and Deputy Governor, Dorothy Nditi during a recent protest has come to haunt Governor Martin Wambora.

Embu Maendeleo ya Wanawake (MYW) officials and some local MCAs have lamented the use of the undergarment during the demonstration that rocked Embu Town shortly after the High Court upheld Wambora’s second impeachment last week.

In a statement read by Mary Kavinda, the Embu MYW chairperson, the leaders gave Wambora a seven day ultimatum to apologise to women in the County.

They described the use of the undergarment in the protest as "primitive and highly insulting" to not only Mbarire and Nditi but also other women in the County.

“We are shocked by the calculated sexist attack. The two leaders have not impeached anybody. Male politicians should learn to carry their own crosses and stop using women as scapegoats,” said Kavinda.

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Makima ward MCA, Peninah Mutua said women have a constitutional right to vie for leadership positions and wondered why men are feeling threatened.

In the ruling delivered by Justices Richard Mwongo, Weldon Korir and George Odunga last week, the court ruled that due process of the law was followed in Wambora’s second impeachment.

“We have no reason to usurp the decision of the Senate whether we agree with it or not. Accordingly, the resolution of the County Assembly of Embu dated April 29, 2014 and the resolution of the Senate to uphold the impeachment charges against the Governor shall stand,” ruled the judges.

Consequently, protests emerged almost immediately in Embu Town where the said garments were displayed by the protestors.

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