Women Who Want to be Governors and President in 2017

  • As the August General Election approaches, a majority of leaders have already thrown their weight in the contest for some of the top positions.

    With the Constitution offering six posts to contest for, two of those have remained elusive for the Kenyan women despite being encouraged to vie for them.

    The country has not yet had a female Governor or President and history could be made after the upcoming polls if some of those who have expressed interest in the two positions emerge winner.

    Here is a list of the aspiring female President and Governors compiled by Kenyans.co.ke.

    Nazlin Umar

    The award-winning activist could enter in the history books if she succeeds in her bid to become the country's first female President as an Independent candidate.

    Umar previously vied for the position as the only woman in the disputed 2007 polls but lost to former Head of State Mwai Kibaki.

    In the August election, she is again the only woman who has so far declared interest in becoming the Head of State.

    Anne Waiguru

    The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary has already declared her bid for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket.

    Waiguru has been traversing the county popularising her candidacy and is expected to go head to head with incumbent Joseph Ndathi during the party primaries.

    Martha Karua

    The Narc-Kenya leader has also thrown her hat into the ring and is already campaigning to be the next Kirinyaga Governor.

    Karua, who has remained adamant and refused to fold up her party to join the more popular Jubilee, is expected to go it all the way to the ballot against Waiguru and Ndathi.

    Charity Ngilu

    After being dismissed from the helm of the Lands Ministry, the former Cabinet Secretary is set to vie for Kitui governorship.

    The Narc Party leader, popularly known as mama rainbow, has been on a sustained campaign as she seeks to dethrone incumbent Julius Malombe.

    Wavinya Ndeti

    The former Youth and Gender Assistant Minister is set to make a political comeback after being in the cold following her 2013 loss.

    She will vie for the Machakos seat on a Chama Cha Uzalendo ticket despite sustained pressure for her to join the Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper Movement which is more popular in the region.

    Cecily Mbarire

    The current Runyenjes MP has been one of the most vocal women since joining politics and is now eying the Embu Governor's seat.

    Since declaring her bid, she has been caught up in several altercations with Senator Lenny Kivuti who is also set to contest for the same position.

    Margaret Wanjiru

    The former Starehe lawmaker could be the Nairobi Governor if her ambitious bid for the position is successful.

    Wanjiru who is a member of 'Team Nairobi' aligned to Senator Mike Sonko is seeking to clinch the Jubilee Party ticket for the city's top job.

    She, however, faces strong opposition from Sonko, Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Johnson Sakaja (Nominated) and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth who are also interested in the same ticket.

    Joyce Laboso

    The National Assembly Deputy Speaker has already declared her bid for the Bomet seat in at attempt to eject incumbent Governor Isaac Ruto.

    Laboso who will be vying on a Jubilee Party ticket has been endorsed by a section of top leaders as an alternative for Ruto who is seen as a rebel after refusing to join the ruling party.

    Ruth Odinga

    Since getting into power in 2013, the Kisumu deputy governor has been constantly wrangling with her boss Jack Ranguma accusing him is mismanaging the county.

    Ruth, who is CORD leader Raila Odinga's sister is expected to battle it out with Ranguma as she seeks to take over the leadership of the county.

    Margaret Kamar

    After serving as Minister for Environment in the former Coalition government, Kamar vied to be Uasin Gishu Governor in the past election but lost to Jackson Mandago.

    In the upcoming polls, she is reportedly set to give it a second try.