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Female Political Aspirants Demand Leveled Playing Field


Female political aspirants are now appealing for a leveled playing field in the forthcoming party nominations ahead of the August 9 elections.

Roseline Adhiambo Ochieng an aspirant for the Embakasi Central Parliamentary seat says that they are already seeing a situation where their male counterparts are being given a higher hand by party officials.

Ochieng who was speaking during the Commemoration of the International Women’s Day specifically pointed out the situation in rallies where male political aspirants are being given preferences to address rallies.

Ochieng has also called on authorities to give the women the protection they need to shield them from violence and intimidation they are facing from their male counterparts.

“It has not been smooth running for us, because the moment these men see us campaigning, they start all manner of violence both verbal and physical on us. So we are asking the relevant authorities to give us the necessary protection during our vote hunting missions,” said Ochieng.


The commemoration held at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday saw women political aspirants receive empowerment from various NGOs and women leaders including Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa.

Ann Mugure a former sex worker vying as an MCA for the Kiamaiko Ward seat also detailed how her opponent sent her a warning message via a boda boda operator who hit her and injured her.

“The operator actually insulted called me a prostitute before telling me to drop my political aspirations,” said Mugure.

This year’s theme for this year is gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.