By the time the highly anticipated 2017 general elections came to an end, the Kenyan women were proud that the country had elected three women governors and three senators for the first time in her history.This is certainly a significant improvement as compared to the previous elections in 2013 where there no female governors and only nominated senators such as Senators Naisula Lesuuda (KANU), Joy Gwendo (Jubilee), Fatuma Dullo (URP) and Elizabeth Ongoro (ODM).
This is certainly a significant improvement as compared to the previous elections in 2013 where there no female governors and only nominated senators such as Senators Naisula Lesuuda (KANU), Joy Gwendo (Jubilee), Fatuma Dullo (URP) and Elizabeth Ongoro (ODM).
But how much do you know about these remarkable ladies? Lets us get to know them better,
Dr. Joyce Laboso
Dr. Joyce Laboso is now a household name in Bomet County as well as in the rest of the country. This is not the first time that the gracious lady is making history as she was also the first woman deputy speaker in Kenya’s parliament.
Born on 25th November 1960, Laboso joined politics after the sad demise of her sister Lorna Laboso who died in car crash. Laboso has a Ph.D. gender and language education from the University of Hull, UK. The governor-elect who was also a student at The Kenya High School, Kaplong Girls Secondary school, and Kaplong Primary school is also the ACP Co-president of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Joyce was also a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at Egerton University and a Commissioner of the National Commission on Gender and Development as well. She is married to Edwin Abonyo, a former manager with Finlays.
Born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub- county in the early 70s,’ former Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru was among the most famous cabinet secretaries in the Jubilee government.
During her tenure at the helm of the ministry, she was lauded for being the brains behind Huduma centers that enabled Kenyan citizens to access government services in an efficient manner. She was also behind the 30% procurement rule, which accords at least 30 per cent of all supply contracts to the government to the youth, persons with disability and women.
In 2011 she was nominated as one of the 40 under 40 being the only one from the Public Service sector. Despite the glowing accolades and a good career in the public service spanning many years, Waiguru resigned from her post in November 2015 under a cloud of controversy related to corruption in her ministry.
Charity Ngilu is no stranger to the political arena and has straddled it for about twenty-five years. She shot into the political limelight after unseating former Cabinet Minister George Ndotto as Member of Parliament for the Kitui Central district.
This is also not the first time she is making history as she was the first woman presidential candidate in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa. Although she did not make it and came fourth, she was very instrumental in the forming of National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) alongside Kijanan Wamalwa and Mwai Kibaki that ousted President Daniel Moi making way for the second liberation.
In 2007 she managed to clinch the Kitui Central seat and also served as Minister of Water and Irrigation in the coalition government of Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.In 2013 to 2015 she served as Cabinet Secretary for Land, Housing, and Urban Development.
She is also no stranger controversy as seen when she was accused of helping Anne Njogu, a protester, escape police custody and took her to a hospital for injuries sustained after an alleged police beating.
Born in 1952 in Mbooni, Makueni District, Ngilu went to Alliance Girls High school and later got a job at the Central Bank of Kenya where she worked as a secretary. She later became an entrepreneur and director of a plastics extrusion factory.
She is the ninth of 13 children born in a humble background. She is a widow as her husband passed away while undergoing treatment in a South African hospital. Charity is a mother of three.
If you are wondering if Susan Kihika is the daughter of the late vocal Nakuru East MP Kihika Kimani doubt no more because not only was she his daughter, but she was his favorite child out of 41 children as well.
Susan, who is the second child of his second wife, gets to serve Nakuru County again albeit in a different capacity. Known as the iron lady of Nakuru County, Susan is the elected senator of the county while she served as a speaker of the Nakuru County Assembly in the previous county government.
Before getting this position; Susan had unsuccessfully fought for the Bahati parliamentary seat which went to Kimani Ngujiri.
Susan attended Busara Forest View Academy in Nyahururu and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls’ High School in Nyeri. Ms. Kihika then went to the US to study political science and government at the University of North Texas and later a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
While in the US, Ms. Kihika served as chief prosecutor and later founded her law firm, The Kihika Law Firm in Dallas, Texas.
In some quarters the 43-year old is known to be resolute, combative and resilient while in others she is known to be elegant and charming.
Margaret Kamar is the second senator of Uasin Gishu County having trounced her opponents with 220,668 votes, which translates to 67 per cent of the vote. This was a victorious comeback after she unsuccessfully vied for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat and came second after Governor Jackson Mandago in 2013.
Professor Kamar has served in previous governments as Assistant Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources between 2010 and 2011 and Minister for Higher Education, Science, and Technology between 2011 and 2013. She was recently engaged as the director of the International Centre for Research in Sustainable Development.
Born on 28 April 1959 in Keiyo, Kenya Kamar is scientist specializing in soil and water conservation and land use management. She obtained a BSc. Hon. in Agriculture in Soil and Water Conservation.
She later obtained a Med Soil Science from McGill University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Conservation from the Faculty of Forestry and Conservation of the University of Toronto. She was also Kenya’s Assistant Minister Environment and Mineral Resources (2010-11) and Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (2011-13).
The professor has held other positions such as Soils Consultant at UNEP during the development of the Desertification Map. She became a professor in Soil Science at Moi University in 1999 and held various positions at the university.
From 1999 to 2006, she was a member of the East African Legislative Assembly and chaired the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Tourism committee. She also led the delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to South Africa in 2002.
Between 2008 and 2010, she was the delegation leader to the African, Caribbean and Pacific and European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA). She also served as the Assistant Minister Environment and Mineral Resources from 2010 to 2011 and Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology from 2011 to 2013.
Fatuma Dullo was nominated in the last Senate assembly by the United Republican Party (URP) but this time she wanted to represent her people of Isiolo County in an elective position.
Born on 18th September 1966, Dullo went on to train in law at the University of Nairobi. At the age of 22, she was the first female District Officer from the Borana community. Ms. Dullo was also a commissioner at the Kenya National Human Rights Commission between 2007 and 2012.
The former student of Garbatula High school has also held other positions such Assistant Secretary General of Ministry of Health since 1995, Legal Advisor of The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since 2005
Dullo Fatuma Adan has been Student of Administration Police (AP) Training School since 1993