POLITICS

Trans Nzoia women professionals rally behind Natembeya

"We have met here as women in different professions to assure Natembeya of win."

In Summary

•The Women Professionals led by Jeany Mutama, Teresa Metto, Metrine Too, Kevina Loyatum, Justina Sitti, Jane Wekesa and Philomena Binea Kapkori said they will traverse the twenty-five wards to woo voters to elect Natembeya.

•"We have met here as women in different professions to assure Natembeya that we will be mobilizing all women and their spouses to vote for him on Tuesday," said Teresa Metto.

Women leaders in nearly all professional groups in Trans Nzoia County have embarked on a house-to-house campaign for DAP-K Trans Nzoia gubernatorial Candidate George Natembeya, three days to the August 9, elections.

The Women Professionals led by Jeany Mutama, Teresa Metto, Metrine Too, Kevina Loyatum, Justina Sitti, Jane Wekesa and Philomena Binea Kapkori said they will traverse the twenty-five wards to woo voters to elect Natembeya.

"We have met here as women in different professions to assure Natembeya that we will be mobilizing all women and their spouses to vote for him on Tuesday," said Teresa Metto.

She said they had invited all women among them Mama Mboga who had promised to elect the former administrator to give the cosmopolitan county a fresh start.

It is worth noting that the Ukombozi Centre, domiciled in the Posh Milimani Estate, is a kilometre away from MP Chris Wamalwa Campaign Centre in Kiminini Constituency.

Natembeya who is also a voter in Kiminini is seeking to be elected as the second holder of the seat currently held by outgoing Governor Patrick Khaemba.

The former administrator has maintained the lead against his closest challenger, Kiminini Member of Parliament Chris Wamalwa in three opinion polls commissioned by TIFA and Ipsos.

Metto who had been touted as Ford Kenya Secretary General’s running mate ditched Wamalwa and joined Natembeya.

She said she had teamed up with other Women to ensure Natembeya gets more than 70 per cent of the votes in all five Constituencies.

"We have decided as women professionals to use the remaining three days to traverse all corners of this County to ask our people including our husbands, children and parents to elect Natembeya due to his track record," she said.

She was instrumental in the election of the late Wamalwa’s young brother, Defense Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

Sitti cited the efforts of the former administrator in fighting banditry and female genital mutilation during his time in administration as some of Natembeya's great achievements in the public service.

Loyatum, a member of the Board of trustees at the Kenya Training and DAP-K chief of protocol, and Metrine Too have similarly vowed to work tirelessly to ensure Natembeya is elected.

Natembeya who attended the meeting alongside CS Wamalwa said the time for Trans Nzoia County to be liberated from poverty had come. 

He urged all residents eligible to turn up in large numbers and vote to liberate themselves.

Natembeya termed next week’s  General Election as a historic one where Kenyans will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights. 

He said his first agenda upon election will be to prioritize lowering of tax to traders.  He dismissed Ford Kenya leader Moses wetangula, saying he had impoverished the people of Trans Nzoia. 

"The Ford Kenya government has been in power for 10 years and failed to deliver on the election pledges made to residents. Send all the Party’s Candidates home," he said.

He said residents of the cosmopolitan county have no single reason to vote for Ford Kenya candidates during the August 9, elections. 

MP Wamalwa, however, absolved his party from claims of having impoverished the County. 

He asked the residents to vote for him, promising to bring about rapid development.

''If you escort your friend to his in-laws to negotiate for his suitor's hand in marriage do you carry the blame if he fails to sire children?" he said in reference to governor Khaemba's failure.