women meeting at Bomas rocked by chaos

Women meeting at bomas of Kenya/sources

BY KORIR JUMA,BOMAS NAIROBI,10TH MARCH 2017-Chaos erupted at women political conference  at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi Friday , This was after Gender Affairs Principal Secretary Zeinab Hussein appeared to ask the meeting attended by an estimated 4,000 women from all parts of Kenya to back President Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party.

The meeting meant to find ways of uniting women to speak in one voice in support of their colleagues in politics degenerated into a political-party-shouting march.

Things started going blue at the meeting  when the PS asked Jubilee women in the auditorium to ululate— a call that angered supporters of other parties, especially the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

Ms Hussein left in a huff after the clash, mainly between Jubilee and Nasa supporters, forced her to cut short her speech.

Bitter verbal exchange

The women attacked each other verbally as organisers desperately attempted to calm them down.

Some felt that the convention dubbed ‘Ni Mama” had been been turned into a vote-hunting ground by senior officials.

It took the intervention of Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua to restore order.Ms Karua condemned the clash and urged women to avoid disagreements that she said were mainly tribal.

“We are the ones who get married to other tribes. We should know better than to take tribal sides,” she said.

She asked women to run for seats otherwise they will not get into leadership.Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga backed Ms Karua’s rallying call, saying women should avoid divisions along party lines.

“We should be planning on how to get all the women aspirants into their various positions,” she said.

“We should be holding one another’s hand and abandon these small political games of division by party lines.”

The women are expected to launch a political movement to see more of them get into elective and appointive positions.

“Women want half of the positions,” said Chairperson of the National Women Steering Committee Daisy Amdany.

The movement brought women together to claim power in a country dominated by men.The move is partly informed by parliament’s move to shoot down a Bill that sought to operationalise the two thirds gender rule that would help more women get into leadership.

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