All you need to know about the newly elected women in Kenya-Part 3

17. Alice Wahome Kandara 

Ms. Alice Wahome of Kandara is also not a new face in the political landscape of Kenya and she has managed to retain her seat after getting 48,927 votes.

Apart from her entry into politics, Alice is a well-known figure on account of her career in law where she held the position of Vice Chairperson, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya between 1999 and 2000. She was also the Council Member of The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) between 1999 and 2000.

Alice has also held other positions such as the Member of Kenya Women Political Alliance and Co-Founder, National Women Steering Committee (NWSC).

Ms. Kandara went t Karumu Primary School and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High school. She also attended Siakago High school and graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelors Degree in Law.

18.Jessica Mbalu Nduku-Kibwezi East

Jessica Mbalu managed to retain her Kibwezi East seat after she got 26006 votes. Jessica Nduku Mbalu was born on 23 August 1976 in Kibwezi, Makueni County in Kenya. She went to Ituumo Primary School and thereafter joined Muvuti Secondary School.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from the same university and she is pursuing her Ph.D. in strategic management. Jessica is a founder member of the Kibwezi East REACH programme.

Before 2013, she was a part-time lecturer at Catholic University and has also held the position of the Chair, Board of Governors of St. Mary’s Girls – Kinyambu, Makueni.

The down to earth MP is recorded as saying that she does not like the plastic of being a MP because she does not like power getting into her head.
Jessica has been married for over 14 years t her husband who is in the legal field. She is a mother of two sons.

The Member of Parliament for Kibwezi East Constituency in Makueni County was first elected to the 11th Parliament in March 2013 on a Wiper Democratic Movement Kenya (WDM-K) party ticket in the CORD Coalition.

In the National Assembly, she is a member of House Business Committee from March 2013.
Jessica Nduku Mbalu has spoken 218 times in Parliament since 2013. According to the legislator, she intends to serve for only two terms as MP.

Jessica told a local publication that she would like to serve for two terms and pave the way for other women. She cites her political role models as Charity Ngilu and Martha Karua. Outside politics, she says her mother is her role model because she took care of her and eight other siblings on her own. Jessica says that her favorite dishes are muthokoi, ugali, and fish.


19.Eve Obara-Kasipul Kabondo

Former Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) is the new MP of Kasipul Kabondo having managed 27, 185 votes, replacing her youthful opponent Silvance Osele. Eve is a career civil servant, philanthropist and a women empowerment champion who also served as the Maendeleo ya Wanawake chair of the Nyanza chapter.

Eva wants to change the fortunes of Kasipul Kabondo the way she changed those of KLB which used to have a turnover of Ksh 500 million but now boasts more than Sh2 billion.

Eva has donated books and educational materials as well as built and equipped libraries in her constituency. She has also identified needy children and catered for their education. Eva is also the co-founder of Women’s Initiative in Education (NEWI), which promotes the education of the girl child.

20. Mary Waithera –Maragwa

Mary Waithera is the MP for Maragwa after trouncing five men to get 46,688. Waithera was a nominated member of the County Assembly of Muranga and this time she decided t throw her hat into the ring as well. In the previous elections, the former teacher had vied for the post of woman representative but lost to Sabina Chege who also managed to retain her seat.

During her tenure as a nominated MCA, Waithera was among the most vocal representatives who criticized Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s administration. Her campaign was severely affected by the insecurity and financial constraints.

21. Mercy Gakuya

Mercy Gakuya is the only woman MP in the county of Nairobi, a fete she managed after trouncing the outgoing Kasarani MP John Njoroge. This is not the first time that she is vying for the post but it is actually the second time that she is going for it.

When thanking residents for her election, Gakuya called on Kasarani residents to work together and pledged to serve them according to her promises. She had made her promises on issues concerning education, the youth, orphans and the needy, and infrastructure.

Other burning issues were water and sanitation, security, health, people living with disabilities and CDF management.

22. Mishi Mboko

Mishi Mboko (ODM) polled 27,075 to unseat veteran politician Masoud Mwahima in Likoni who had sworn never to let a woman beat him to the seat. In the last election, Mishi vied and succeeded in becoming the Women’s Representative for Mombasa County.

She first made her debut in politics when she participated in the Likoni political campaigns in 1997 and 2002 elections. She vied for the Likoni parliamentary seat in 2007 but was unsuccessful. In these elections, she campaigned on the platform of fighting for government funded drug rehabilitation centers to be started in the city of Mombasa.

Mishi is one of the most vocal MPs in the Orange Democratic Movement and this has caused her to be entangled in her fair share of controversy. In one incident she was required to report to court t be charged with incitement and hate speech.

She had made the offending remarks during Madaraka Day and she was being charged with incitement to violence and disobedience of the law contrary to section 96(1) of the Penal Code.

The charge sheet, read: “Kenyans are going to bring revolution for this country. Enough is enough. We are tired as Kenyans. Revolution is with the people. Sovereignty is with the people. Revolution is with the people, people, people.”

In the second count of incitement of ethnic hatred, she is claimed to have said: “There are two tribes that think they own this country and we want to tell them chuma wanacho.”

Mishi is an undergraduate student at the Moi University where she is studying communications and Public Relations.

23.Grace Jelagat-Baringo South

Grace Jelagat Kimooi Kipchoim is now the Member of Parliament for Baringo South constituency. She is a coalition member of the Jubilee Alliance and a member of the United Republican Party.Grace managed to defeat her opponents despite having cancer and being hospitalized at the Nairobi Hospital for the entire durations of the campaigns.

During her elections, some people brought u her widow status and ill health as the main reasons why banditry had thrived in the region. She told that some people claimed that if she was re-elected the vice would continue because her widow status was a bad omen to the community. She still insists that tackling insecurity will be her main agenda in her second term as well.

Born in 1962, Grace joined politics in 2013 when she managed to clinch the Baringo South seat. She has been Member of Departmental Committee on Public Works, Roads & Transport, Member of Joint Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity.

Kenyan women are very proud of every elected female MP who has managed to get elected despite the hurdles put in their way. As they execute their mandates in and out of Parliament we ask that they also remember to find for the female agenda that will help raise the living standards of our women.


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