Why daughters of Mumbi are a hard nut to crack
3 months ago, 15 Apr 00:11
Women leaders in Central and its Diaspora counties are showing a potential of eclipsing their male counterparts in an interesting political trend that signifies the surge back of the legendary reign of chief Wangu wa Makeri. With possible exception of Nairobi where elected women legislators with their origin in the House of Mumbi have retained a matronly silence, counterparts in the other Mt Kenya counties appear to have given a warning that they will be taking charge of the political destiny of the region. For a start, Murang’a County is among the handful of counties nationally with an equal number of women and men legislators with the parliamentary group there tied at 4-4 an improvement of the 4-3 Nyeri record in favour of men in the last Parliament. Nakuru has 3-10 equation in favour of men while Kiambu had 2-12 before the election of Gatundu South MP Wanjiku Kibe was nullified by the petition’s court. But it is the profile of women leaders such as Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Woman Representative Wangui Ngirichi, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, Kandara’s Alice Wahome, Gilgil’s Martha Wangari and Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni wa Muchomba that has been on the spotlight for their ability to hog headlines when their male counterparts remain in the shadows. Ms Ngirichi and Ms Waiguru who is remembered as one of the highest profile Jubilee Cabinet Secretaries in the last term have been in a vicious political fight that has seen male leaders in their county only cheering on the sidelines. Unstoppable wave In Kiambu, Ms Wa Muchomba, a former Gikuyu radio queen, has decided to confront a phenomenon threatening the house of Mumbi — diminishing population. Wa Muchomba’s new gospel of polygamy to plug in the population gap has set tongues wagging. On her part, Ms Chege will be remembered as the only Central Kenya MP who had the guts to hit back at Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko when he accused regional leaders of holding night meetings to plot against Deputy President William Ruto. Her sentiments are said to have stung Sonko when she pointed out that the Nairobi governor had 200,000 more odd votes than Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi during the last elections. “Before he criticises Mt Kenya leaders,” shot back Ms Chege, “Sonko should work to bring those votes under the umbrella of Jubilee.” This was outstanding according to one senior Central Kenya leader because since he edged out former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth in the bitter fight for the Jubilee ticket in Nairobi and then the acrimonious fallout with his deputy governor Polycarp Igathe, no Kikuyu leader has openly taken on Sonko. Ms Wahome is remembered over that spat with a Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer during the tallying of the repeat presidential elections. She is also among the few Murang’a leaders who publicly take on governor Mwangi wa Iria. Chege and Wahome are highly visible in Parliament and require little introduction outside their region. The Kikuyu community is seen as unique ...
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