Waiguru hosts Kakamega women MCAs for Kirinyaga benchmarking tour
Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has urged women leaders to remain steadfast in their fight for gender equity and empowerment.
She made the remarks while receiving a delegation of women Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) from Kakamega County who were on a benchmarking tour in Kirinyaga.
During the meeting, Waiguru underscored the importance of women holding leadership positions in politics, corporate, and public offices. She also noted the resistance and attacks that women politicians face compared to their male counterparts. However, she encouraged them not to give up but to keep fighting for gender balance in leadership positions.
The Chairperson of the Kakamega Women MCAs Caucus, Jael Omunyang’a, expressed their admiration for Governor Waiguru’s leadership and the transformative programs and projects she has implemented in Kirinyaga. The delegation chose to visit Kirinyaga County as they believe it is the best county to learn from regarding women empowerment initiatives.
Omunyang’a commended Waiguru for her past development initiatives, including the Huduma Centers and the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), which streamlined public financial management and procurement. The delegation also lauded Waiguru for her efforts towards women empowerment and revealed that they were mobilizing women leaders across the country to support her vision.
“We chose to Visit Kirinyaga because we believe for now it’s the best county to learn from as far as women empowerment initiatives are concerned,” she stated.
During the tour, the Kakamega leaders visited some of the women empowerment initiatives being implemented by Waiguru, including the gender-based violence help desks, Kaitheri Apparel Centre, breast feeding centers, Kerugoya Medical Complex, women, and children’s wards and Wezesha Kirinyaga empowerment projects.
Despite the limited allocation from the national exchequer, Waiguru revealed that she had sourced funds from development partners to enable her to implement projects geared towards women empowerment. She added that she had supported the election of women MCAs as Deputy Chairs in all the house committees, with the County assembly Deputy Leader of Majority, and Deputy Chief Whip being women.
Waiguru reiterated that her women empowerment programs were in line with President William Ruto’s Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda. The Kakamega delegation left Kirinyaga County empowered and inspired by the leadership and women empowerment initiatives that Governor Waiguru has implemented.