Women in Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties have come up with a taskforce that will look into their affairs and come up with an empowerment program to boost themselves economically instead of depending on political appointments that they say can’t satisfy them all.
Speaking after meeting the women caucus from various parts of Trans Nzoia, the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) chief protocol officer, Kevina Loyatum, said many women who made attempts at political seats in the August 9 election failed due to lack of finances.
She said in order for them to be prepared for the 2027 journey, they should start now through an empowerment program.
Kevina said they have started to lay strategies that will help them achieve their target in all wards before the next general election through women’s groups.
She added that since 1995, the rate of women who are elected and absorbed in political appointments was around 11% and has risen to about 25% appreciating Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya.
“As women, we have come together and put a reflection on the previous politics and also speak together in one voice and put our ideas together and start a very vigorous campaign to lift ourselves from all the wards,” said Kevina.
Deputy Governor Bineah Kapkori said Governor George Natembeya’s administration will empower women, apart from youths, for them to feel the fruits of devolution.
She added that residents will be funded for them to support their projects through the Department of Trade, Industrialization, Tourism and Cooperative Development apart from the Nawiri Fund that will be revived by Natembeya’s administration as per his previous opening speech during the official opening of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly.
The Deputy Governor further said that the county government is looking for partners who will also come up and support these groups for them to have money in their pockets.
‘’We have 46% women’s representation in the county government. As you all know, we can’t fit everyone into the same government due to government policies, but we can empower the rest and lift them up economically and kick out the level of poverty in our people,” said Bineah Kapkori.
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