The most laudable provision in the constitution is that of a woman MP elected from each county. She shall be directly elected by the voters in the county and will sit in the National Assembly. So who does she represent, the county or the women? There is a thin line here. For one, she will be elected by both men and women and thus it will be absurd to aim at representing the women only. On the other hand, one notes that there has been under representation of women at the national arena. So she has the task of ensuring that both women and the county she is voted from are well represented. I have faith that the women elected will be of great value to moving our governance machine forward.
My concern is as to whether the women who have what it takes will offer themselves for election. There is a tendency in our good country for those who can to shy away sitting the maddiness of our politics. I urge our dear women who can do this not to shy away. Given that this is a fixed position, we will elect the woman we think is most qualified and its my hope that we will not be limited of choice. Women of conviction and who are forthright in their dealings. Women who value all and seek to serve without fear and favour. Women who will not be swayed by popular wind but will stand and defend all persons. Women who will bring a balance to the table of power. Women who are leaders and not just vocal activists. Women who are proud of themselves and not just seeking sympathy from voters. Women who have something to offer, not just eyeing what goodies they will get in the name of representing women (affirmative action). Women we will be proud to identify with as our County MPs.
Looking around I have no doubt that each county has such women of substance who can ably represent their people. We need to support such with all we can. That is our responsibility. In return, I hope that every County Woman MP will give their best and serve the people fully. That is the least you can do for the people of our great nation.
In Service to God and Our Country
Abraham Rugo Muriu