Unprecedented Times as Women Leaders Sweep Almost All Seats in Nakuru County

  • Nakuru County's Governor-elect Susan Kihika (right) and the county's Senator-elect Tabitha Karanja.
    Nakuru County's Governor-elect Susan Kihika (right) and the county's Senator-elect Tabitha Karanja.
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  • The announcement of the newly elected Nakuru Governor, Susan Kihika, cemented the emergence of a new brand of politics mostly led by women.

    Nakuru becomes the first county to elect at least one female leader at every stage of governance, starting from the governor down to the Member of County Assembly.

    The line up features a female Governor, a female Senator, a Woman Representative, four Women Members of Parliament as well as several members of the county assembly.

    Kihika was confirmed governor-elect after defeating the incumbent, Lee Kinyanjui, who was seeking to secure his second term in office.

    Deputy President William Ruto and Senator Susana Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
    President William Ruto and Governor Susan Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
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    In her speech, Kihika promised to work hard to elevate Nakuru county's economy and thanked her husband for standing with her.

    "To those who voted for me and those who didn't, I want to promise you that I will work for all of you. I will work very hard to make Nakuru prosper and bring up our economy.

    "I know they say that 'behind every successful man is a woman' but I want to tell you in this case, 'behind these successful women are men', and he is one of them. He has really supported me," she celebrated.

    Kihika, who vied on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, garnered 440,707 votes against Kinyanjui's 225,623.

    Shortly before her announcement, IEBC also declared Keroche Breweries founder, Tabitha Karanja, as the County's Senator-elect.

    Karanja floored her closest competitor, John Mututho, by garnering 442,864 votes against his 36,432 votes.

    Other competitors in the race were Koigi Wamwere, Lawrence Karanja, Gachinga Mwai and Githenya Mwangi.

    In the parliamentary races, four women emerged victorious and are set to represent four constituencies in the National Assembly.

    Jayne Kihara retained her Naivasha parliamentary seat after garnering 44,882 votes, beating her closest competitor John Kihagi who got 24,891.

    Newly elected MP Irene Njoki also upset Kimani Ngunjiri to capture the Bahati parliamentary Seat.

    In the results announced by the IEBC's Returning Officer at the Bahati Tallying Centre, Njoki garnered 34,308 votes while Ngunjiri came second with 26,809 votes.

    File Photo of Irene Njoki, MP-Elect Bahati Constituency
    File Photo of Irene Njoki, MP-Elect Bahati Constituency
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    Martha Wangari, on the other had, won the Gilgil Parliamentary seat running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

    She garnered 35,363 votes to defeat her closest rival Mathenge Nderitu who trailed with 19764 votes.

    Charity Kathambi also successfully defended her Njoro Parliamentary Seat "God has been with us. I had support all across my Constituency of Njoro. I thank my supporters for showing that they are happy with the development I did," she explained.

    Liza Chelule retained her Woman Representative seat which she contested on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket. Several female MCAs were also elected to representing wards in the Nakuru County Assembly.

    Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara gives an address.
    Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara gives an address.
    Daily Nation