21 January 2013

Kenya: Simam Fails Poll Test, but Linah, Sambili Go Through

Senate, governor and parliamentary women aspirants in the Rift Valley failed to win in last week's nominations.

URP had attracted the highest number of female aspirants in the region, most of whom only won the women's representative seats reserved for them.

"I thank those who voted for me for showing trust in me as a leader," said Vesca Kangogo, who ran for governor in Uasin Gishu but came in third in URP.

Other female aspirants who lost out in Uasin Gishu parliamentary seats include Janet Rotich and Winnie Maru (Turbo) and former MP Peris Simam (Kesses).

Most of the women losers said lack of resources for campaigns was their main challenge. Others complained of manipulation of the nomination results.

The few women left in the race include former MPs Linah Kilimo, nominated by TNA to vie for the Marakwet East seat, Higher Education minister Margaret Kamar, who will be running for Uasin Gishu governor through ODM, and Kanu's Hellen Sambili, who will defend her Mogotio seat.

Meanwhile, women leaders in Rift Valley want the government to provide adequate security in all areas ahead of the March 4 general elections.

The Rural Women Peace Link, led by coordinator Mary Chepkwony, said the government should stop the killing of innocent people in the Tana Delta.

Chepkwony said they are organising protests and hunger strikes over the insecurity in the Tana Delta and Baringo, which they say has mostly affected children and women.

"We will be forced to march to the affected areas to force the government to restore security before the elections. It's embarrassing to have people killed as if we have no security teams in our country," said Chepkwonyi during a meeting convened by the group at their offices in Eldoret town.

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