Ms Karua, who graced the 70th Anniversary of Women’s Empowerment Movement alongside Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia on Tuesday, was named an honorary member of the women movement which she lauded for its role in nurturing women leaders across the nation.
“Just like the national chair mentioned, I am a daughter of the movement and today I have been given an honorary membership by the chair. Since this movement was founded it has played a huge role in nurturing women leadership throughout the country,” Karua said.
“If you find any woman holding a high ranking position in my generation she is likely a student of Maendeleo ya Wanawake. The outfit can be compared to a car engine based on how much it has brought progressive change to the nation.”
While admitting that the August General Election presents Kenyans with the opportunity to elect new leaders into office, Karua urged Kenyans to cast their votes wisely and elect progressive leaders who will better the affairs of the country at all levels.
According to Karua, Kenyan voters tend to focus more on who will occupy State House instead of ensuring that other available elective seats are occupied by innovative leaders. Change, Karua added, will only be realised if Kenyans advocate for it from the grassroots level.
“The elections are nearly upon us and I want to remind you that change not only involves bringing development projects but also electing leaders who put the affairs of the nation before their personal interests. You must look at the MCA, MP, senatorial and governorship aspirants as well,” she said.
“If we don’t advocate for good leadership we will bear the brunt of having the wrong officials in office. You have to look at all aspirants and what they bring to the table.”
Karua likewise popularised Azimio’s manifesto that addresses Women Empowerment, Eradication of Poverty and Job creation through Industrialisation.