28 February 2013

Kenya: We Don't Fear Kiambu Rich Men - Women Hopefuls

Two women aspirants for Kiambu senator have intensified their campaigns to capture the seat from the male dominated contest. Serah Waithira, 31, and Teresia Kairu are vying for the seat on Pick and Saba Saba Asili parties respectively.

Waithira, a biotechnology graduate who hails from Banana in Kiambu East, has said she is not afraid of battling it out with her "moneyed male competitors". She says she has the support of the youth who are are the largest voting bloc in the county.

"The youth in Kiambu are tired of being lied to by politicians who woe them with money every five years. I am confident that the youths will vote for me since I know their problems and I know what needs to be done," Waithira said.

Kairu, who has been living abroad for the last 18 years, said she came back to Kenya with a vision Kiambu. She said she will create jobs for the youth through prioritising cottage and manufacturing industries and the use of modern technology in agriculture.

Kairu, who hails from Ngecha in Limuru, was nearly locked out of the race as her passport number was found to be similar to a Uasin Gishu resident's ID card number. The IEBC sorted out the issue, but not in time to allow her to take part in the TNA nominations.

Other aspirants for the seat include former Limuru MP George Nyanja (Narc), former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri (Kanu), Paul Kimani Wamatangi (TNA), David Ndua (DP) and Pastor Solomon Mbiu (ODM).

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