Here are more of the elected women of the 12th Parliament of Kenya.
9. Jayne Kihara –Naivasha
Jayne Kihara is not a stranger to the political scene in Kenya and this year’s elections have brought her out of the cold where she has been for ten years. Jayne was married to the late Paul Kihara, who was the MP for Naivasha. She succeeded him in a 2003 by-election which she won and went to become the assistant minister for Environment as well.
Kihara’s last term in 2007 ended in controversy after she was accused of being involved in the deadly post-election violence that left 1300 dead. Jayne has always been an official of the Narc -Kenya party but has since ditched the party and is now a member of the Jubilee Party.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Kihara narrated how she was escorted from a plane upon arrival to the United States where she had gone to visit relatives. In the interview, she claims that she was interrogated for 10 hours on her her alleged role in the post-election violence that took place in Naivasha and Mai Mahiu.
She was later released but under strict instructions on how she was going to move about in the country. Jane Kihara trounced three independents and a Kanu opponent.
10. Aisha Jumwa -KIlifi
Although she already held the position of Women Representative for Kilifi, Aisha Jumwa was thrust into the limelight when President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the area’s ODM MP Dan Kazungu to the cabinet.
At the time, Aisha was eyeing the parliamentary seat which was given to Mr. Willy Mtengo. In the ODM party primaries held this year, Jumwa floored Mtengo and went on to beat six men who wanted the seat as well, managing to scoop 28,576 votes in the process.
Jumwa was also one of the most vocal MPs in the 11th parliament and this once landed her in trouble when she was accused of hate speech remarks alongside other MPs. After her release, she complained bitterly about not being allowed visitors while in the cells and not being allowed to change clothes for four days. She vowed to g back to Muthaiga and pay for the refurbishment of the cells.
Aisha went to Takanga Primary School and later attended Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture& Technology (JKUAT).
11. Millie Odhiambo –Suba North
This firebrand politician is among the most recognizable faces in politics today. Some know her to be among the few women in Nyanza to be elected to parliament, some know her to be controversial, some as a brilliant lawyer, some for her work with CRADLE while others know her to be one of the most responsive MPs on social media.
Born in 1966, Millie went to St. Francis Rangala primary school and Limuru Girls Secondary School. She was an undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi where she studied law specializing in Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Governance, Women’s rights; Child Rights.
Millie Odhiambo was also a student of the New York University where she graduated with a Masters in Public Interest Law on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Millie has been a lawyer advocating for the rights of children and women. She also founded CRADLE which has been fighting fights for the rights for children since 1997. The vocal MP started nursing the ambition to be an MP at the young age of 13 years. Her journey towards this ambition started when she served as a delegate at the Bomas of Kenya during the constitutional drafting process.
In 2008, the Orange Democratic Movement nominated her to parliament and in 2013 she managed to clinch the Mbita seat. She has made a total of 3890 appearances in parliament where she also managed to sponsor bills such as The Victim Protection Bill, 2013 and The In-Vitro Fertilization Bill, 2014.
Ms. Odhiambo has also managed to bag awards in her work and these include the YWCA Democracy Award and the Eve woman of the year for human rights and gender.
Millie Odhiambo has also had her fair share of the abuse and mistreatment often meted to women politicians. The most recent incidents include the fatal shooting of her bodyguards as she was campaigning in her constituency.
Another serious incident was the torching of her house in Urianda village the day she was declared the winner of the ODM nominations.
Millie is married to a Zimbabwean by the name of Magugu Mabona, a hotelier in Harare.
12. Dr. Lilian Gogo- Rangwe
Career educationist Lilian Gogo is the new Rangwe MP, a seat she won with 22, 789 votes. Gogo is a former lecturer at the Egerton University and now she holds the title of being the first female MP to hold the position in Rangwe.
Nyanza region has not faired very well when it comes to electing female members to parliament and now Gogo is among the six women who have been elected to Parliament and they include Grace Onyango of Kisumu (1969) Phoebe Asiyo of Karachuonyo (1980) Grace Ogot (1983) Millie Mabona of Mbita (2013) and Eve Obara (2017).
The journey to becoming the MP of Rangwe has however, not been easy for Gogo who reported threats to her life during the nominations held in her constituency. Violence was also meted n her motorcade as she traversed Rangwe to sell her policies to her people.
13. Ms. Rachael Nyamai-Kitui South
Against all odds, Ms. Rachael Nyamai was able to retain her Kitui South seat on a Jubilee Party ticket with a total of 22,735 to beat Wiper’s Kennedy Moki (16,217). Born on 28 August 1976, Nyamai went to Kyatune Primary School and Muthale girls high school for her primary and secondary school education respectively.
She later Joined Kenyatta University for her Bachelor of Education Degree and later Sociology of Education degree. Nyamai would later leave for her Ph.D. in Global Health at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Prior to joining active politics in 2013, Nyamai was a lecturer at the Eastern University College in Kitui County between 2011 and 2012 and at Kenyatta University.
It was expected that Nyamai would fight to retain her seat on a National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) ticket because it is the party of her mentor Charity Ngilu but this did not happen as she defied Ngilu and opted for the Jubilee Party.
Nyamai has also been in the news when she ordered police to arrest blogger Mr. Mbuvi Kasina a resident of Kanziko Location who had been demanding for accountability in the management of money in the Kitui South Constituency Development Fund. His arrest came a day after the court had given him a gag order.
14. Ruth Mwaniki-Kigumo
Jamleck Kamau is among the titans of Muranga politics but a new come into the county’s politics Lawyer Ruth Mwaniki managed t unseat him in the just concluded general elections. Ruth, who was the Chief Executive Officer of Export Promotion Council in the Ministry of Trade, won with 40,063 votes.
I take this opportunity to thank and appreciate all the people of Kigumo Constituency for giving me the opportunity to represent them in the National Assembly in this election of 2017. I am so much indebted to you and I assure you that I am going to serve you people with dedication and passion as I have always done. God bless the people of Kigumo, she said in a post on Facebook.
15. Beatrice Kones -Bomet East
Beatrice Kones of Jubilee Party and her son Kalya Kones of Chama Cha Mashinani both went for the Bomet East parliamentary seat, making for the most interesting contest witnessed in the 2017 elections. Beatrice carried the day by 22,796 votes while her son only managed 2,410.
Beatrice Pauline Cherono Kones was born on 9th September 1957 and was a student at Sosiot Girls Secondary school. She later went to Thogoto Teachers Training College t train as a teacher. She taught various schools between 1982 and 1993 and was also an Inspector of Schools, Ministry of Education.
Beatrice shot to the political limelight after the death of her husband Kipkalya Kones in a plane crash in Narok. She took over the baton from him and became the MP for Bomet constituency. In 2009 she became the Assistant cabinet minister of Home Affairs.
16. Ms.Naomi Shabaan-Taita Taveta
Naomi Namsi Shabaan has been in the Kenyan politician arena since her 2002 debut as MP of Taveta constituency through the Kenya African National Union (KANU) ticket. She has managed to retain the seat through Kanu and The National Alliance Party (TNA) in 2013. Naomi retained her seat with 11, 252 votes, beating ANC’s Morris Muindi who managed 10,873 votes.
Born on 9th September 1963 in Taita Taveta County, Naomi Shaban went to Mahoo Primary School between 1969 and 1975. She proceeded to Bura Girls High School from 1976 to 1979 for her O-level education. Naomi joined Butere Girls’ High School for her A-level education from1980 to 1981.
Shaban studied Dental Surgery at the University of Nairobi from 1983 to 1988. From 1988 to 1989 Dr. Naomi Namisi Shaban was an intern in the Dental Office II at Kenyatta National Hospital.
1989 to 1990 would find her at the KNH as a Dental Officer I. She also held the same position at the Kajiado Hospital from 1990 to 1995. She got a promotion to senior Dental Officer at the same hospital.
Shaban was appointed Minister of State for Special Programmes, 2008 and 2010 she was later reshuffled and in August 2010, she became Minister for Gender and Children Affairs. She is the current Deputy Leader of Majority Party in the Parliament of Kenya, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, House Business Committee and Health Committee.
Naomi also held the position of the Kenya Branch Representative of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She has also been a member of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association since 2003.
Naomi Shaban is a mother of three children.