The Star (Nairobi)

10 November 2012

Kenya: Ondiek Widow in Siaya Race

FORMER Director of Education Concilia Ondiek has declared interest to run for Siaya county Women's representative seat. Ondiek yesterday said she will employ her vast experience in the education sector to champion women rights.

She is the widow of the former Ugenya MP, Archbishop Stephen Ondiek. Concilia said she is ready to face off with other aspirants in the ODM nominations.

She was addressing the press in Siaya town. Where she announced to launch an aggressive campaign for her bid soon. "Being a wife of a politician and a manager has earned me enough experience to seek the leadership mantle," she added.

She called on women not to shy away from seeking many devolved elective posts as enshrined in the new constitution arguing that gone are the days where those positions were preserve of the men.

"Those who are not interested in seeking elective positions should support other candidates in order to meet the two-thirds gender parity rule," she added.

Ondiek's sentiments come barely a few weeks after she had announced to vie for the newly created Ugenya parliamentary seat. Interestingly, her two step sons, Willis Ondiek and James Orengo Ondiek have publicly declared to vie for Ugenya parliamentary seat respectively.

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