The Star (Nairobi)

6 December 2012

Kenya: MYWO Machakos Boss to Fight for Women's Seat

Machakos county women's representative seat has attracted two new entrants both fighting for the Wiper party ticket.

Machakos Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson Mary Mbiu will fight it out with Dr Susan Musyoka in what promises to be a bruising battle.

Mbiu starts as a favourite having been the MYWO boss for Machakos district for many years.

She will be banking on the grassroots support among the women. She a staunch ally of Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Musyoka is formerly member of Charity Ngilu's Narc and was a close confidant of the Water minister until recently when she decamped to Wiper party. She campaigned for Narc in 2002.

She has been involved in several development projects targeting women over the years and is a staunch ally of party leader and vice president Kalonzo Musyoka.

Mbiu launched her campaign for the seat soon after the promulgation of the new constitution and has a head start over her rival who declared interest last month.

She campaigned vigorously for NARC in 2002 and was rewarded with an appointment as director of the Kenya power and lighting company after the elections and served for one term only.

The medical doctor has a clinic in Machakos town and says she is conversant with the problems facing women and intends to improve their lot if elected.

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