BREAKING THE JINX

Three women face 10 men in fight for Bonchari seat

Former MP Oroo Oyioka’s widow Teresa Bitutu, former Kisii Woman Rep Mary Otara and Mary Gesare cleared.

In Summary
  • In Kisii, out of 45 wards, only one woman was elected in the last election as an MCA.
  • In the Gusii counties of Nyamira and Kisii, no woman has ever been elected to from a constituency.

Three women are seeking to break the jinx by becoming the first to be elected to Parliament from Kisii.

Immediate former MP Oroo Oyioka’s widow Teresa Bitutu (UDA), former Kisii Woman Representative Mary Otara (United Green Movement) and Maendeleo Chap Chap’s Mary Gesare were cleared to contest the Bonchari by-election scheduled for May 18.

They will face 10 men. In the Gusii counties of Nyamira and Kisii, no woman has ever been elected from a constituency.

In Kisii, out of 45 wards, only one woman was elected in the last election as an MCA while Nyamira also has one elected woman MCA.

However, the trio is hoping to break the jinx in the male-dominated society. Otara has exuded confidence ahead of the by-election.

“I’m not a pushover. I have been to Parliament and I’m confident to make a comeback. The men in the race should know that we are remaining with 16 months, they should let a woman complete the term,” she said.

She added that the era when women were intimidated is long gone and women will take men head on.

UDA’s Bitutu is campaigning on a platform of sympathy as she seeks to fill her late husband’s shoes. She got a boost when lawyer Cliff Ombeta backed her bid. She received the support of political activist and Kisii governor aspirant Rachel Otundo.

“I’m appealing to Bonchari people to wipe my tears by electing me to complete my husband’s tenure,” she said.

MCC’s Gesare, popularly known as Mama Yao, says she will seek to empower the youth and women.

“I’m going to reach out to the youth and women despite the ban on public gatherings. It’s time women are given a chance in Gusii because it’s very clear that men have failed,” she added.

Other Candidates include ODM’s Pavel Oimeke,  Kevin Mosomi of Party of Democracy and Unity, Victor Omanwa of Party of Economic Democracy, Jonah Ondieki of The New Democrats (TND), Charles Mogaka of Progressive Party of Kenya, Paul Matagaro of Mwangaza Tu Party, Zebedeo Opore of Jubilee Party, National Reconstruction Alliance’s Eric Oigo, David Ogega of Kenya Social Congress and Jeremiah Atancha of Agano Party.

They will seek to replace Oroo Oyioka who died at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu on February 15.

Edited by Henry Makori