The race for Kibra parliamentary seat is hotting up after a total of four women decided to throw their weight in male-dominated race.
Ahead of the upcoming Kibra by-elections, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared a total of 10 candidates with the commission hoping to clear some more candidates by close of business today (Tuesday).
A good number of women have shown interest. Among those already cleared is United Green Movement Party’s Malasen Hamida who was cleared on Monday.
Hamida presented her papers to IEBC accompanied by UGM party members of National Executive Council, Secretariat and members of Team Hamida.
Addressing media in Nairobi after her clearance, the ‘Mama Mazingira’ as she is well known in the public for her continued advocacy on matters environment conservation, water and sanitation, youth and governance said she is up to the task.
“The journey has begun and I believe I am up to the task of representing the people of Kibra towards continued development,” said Hamida.
Editar Ochieng of Ukweli Party which is associated with activist Boniface Mwangi has also been cleared to face off the men from Jubilee, ANC, ODM and Ford Kenya parties.
Fridah Kerubo Kingara, who hopes to run as an independent candidate has also been cleared to battle for the seat that fell vacant following Ken Okoth’s demise.
Reports indicate that Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya is also expected to sponsor a female aspirant, which will total the number of female aspirants in Kibra MP race to four.
Thecleared women will face off with Musalia Mudavadi ANC party’s candidate Eliud Owalo, Ford-Kenya’s Khamisi Butichi, Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga and ODM’s Benard Imran Okoth, should he win an appeal against him tabled before ODM’s dispute tribunal by Peter Orero.