The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kajiado County Women in Politics

Mrs Mary Majeda:

An aspirant for women representative in Kajiado county on The National Alliance party ticket, Seneta holds a degree in Education (Arts) BED and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management both from the University of Nairobi.

The former teacher and entrepreneur in Kitengela town stands for a "fair and inclusive society where everyone will get a share in the progress of the county" and where each one will get an opportunity to explore and fulfill his/her own aspirations.

The aspirant advocates for women empowerment economically, socially and politically. She is also a crusader for girl child education.

Seneta says her areas of priority are; access to education at all levels, employment creation for the youth, development and expansion of social amenities. She will also strive to provide clean water, proper urban areas' planning in Kajiado.

Having worked with a non-governmental organisation as a project education officer, Seneta has wide knowledge of the county where she traversed and worked closely with stakeholders in the education sector.

Her work involved efforts to support education in the county and improved performance in public schools. This is her first attempt in politics and she says her move into elective politics is a calling to serve the people of her county.

Mrs Abigael Shani:

Shani is gunning for the women representative seat in Kajiado county. She is a degree holder in Graphics Design and International Relations.

She has traversed the world in promotion missions while working at the Ministry of Industrialisation as a promoter.

The soft-spoken politician will be riding on a number of development projects she has initiated in Maasailand. She is also a pastor and an evangelist and being the wife of a Bishop, Joseph Sapati, she has a big following.

Shani is most concerned about empowering people to become financially independent and able to provide for their families.

She believes each person has been created to be creative adding that most developed countries depend on the creativity of their citizens to develop their economies.

"A vibrant intellectual property rights regime can enhance the situation of any given economy. I would encourage young people to register their intellectual property and issue rights that are entrenched in the constitution. Many of these young people are not aware of the intellectual property as an asset," Shani says.

She also says she believes in empowering women by providing skills and imparting the necessary confidence to go out there and put their skills to practice. She says most women are afraid of starting something because they believe they do not have the necessary skills to accomplish the task.

Mrs Emily Kiparki:

Kiparki holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, accounting option from the University of Nairobi and a Masters degree in Strategic Management from Kenya Methodist University.

She says if elected, on an ODM ticket, her objective is to go to Parliament to play a vital role in changing the lives of women and men for better in the county and beyond.

Kiparki has built a name through her fight against Female Genital Mutilation and other archaic practices in her pastoral community.

Mrs Jane Saruni:

Saruni is not new to politics. She was nominated as a councilor after the last general election.

This time round, she is venturing into elective politics with her eye on the Matapato North county ward representative seat. She'll be battling seven men. She says she has been driven into elective politics by her desire and will to take the electorate to the next level of development.

She has a diploma in community development. She says she understands what ails her community in terms education, water scarcity, sanitation and health.

"Once elected I want to bring the services closer to the people, add more schools in my expansive ward and improve on the existing ones, put up more health centres and improve the infrastructure and extent electrification to the interior," Saruni said.

She says Matapato North ward is a cosmopolitan area and that all the people living there, regardless of tribe, clan and section, will enjoy equal distribution of resources.

"I want to stand out as the face of the people living here. I want to stand for justice and most of all I want to be a peace torch bearer for my people. All the people of Kenya living here must be free to live and do business here," Saruni said.

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