Busia Woman representative Florence Mutua has challenged women not to shy away from competing with men for elective seats in the coming general elections.
Mutua vowed to take on men for the gubernatorial position both in the ODM party nominations where she is likely to face both former Funyula lawmaker Dr. Paul Otwoma and current deputy governor Moses Mulomi in seeking to clinch party flag bearer for the county top seat.
Speaking at Bunyala Technical Training Institute in Budalang’i Monday, Mutua challenged women in Busia to come out strongly and use the advantage of their numbers to clinch the leadership. She warns women against waiting to be nominated but added that instead they should speak out to be counted.
Mutua has been spearheading women empowerment projects like the “Second Chance” initiative in Busia County with an aim of creating parity between the two genders.
“Women have an equal chance in leadership just like men. We have women governors, senators and presidents in the world who are doing better than men,” Mutua said.
In Teso South constituency, things are even more interesting as Mary Emase, a former lawmaker in the constituency will battle it out with Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong and current MP Geoffrey Omuse to be elected MP.
Emase will be seeking the position through the UDA ticket, the party that has gained massive support especially among youths in Busia County.
This has proven that women in western region are taking up the leadership mantle and the narrative of men’s dominance in politics has now changed.
“Its high time we choose true leaders to change the shape of Busia. Let us not choose leaders based on their political parties but rather their track records,” Emase said at Chemasire village over the weekend.
Mutua challenged Otwoma to follow rightful procedures to get back into the ODM party. Otwoma had resigned from the party after the dramatic defeat in 2017 to Ojaamong forcing him to vie as an independent candidate which he eventually lost.
The big battle is expected for the gubernatorial race where the only woman Florence Mutua will be taking on seven men including Dr. Paul Otwoma, Amos Wako, Moses Mulomi, Lucas Meso all from ODM party, John Bunyasi and Eng. Vincent Sidai of ANC party or One Kenya Alliance OKA coalition.