Former television journalist Mwanaisha Chidzuga has declared her interest to run for the Matuga parliamentary seat in the 2022 general election.
The ex-news anchor who runs a number of restaurants in Nairobi is the daughter of former Kwale Woman Representative Zainab Chidzuga who died on August 12, 2021.
Addressing the press at their Golini residence in Kwale town, Mwanaisha said she is out to fulfill the dream of her late mother Zeinab Chidzuga who wanted to contest for the Matuga seat in the forthcoming polls.
Chidzuga served as Kwale Woman Representative between 2013 and 2017 and was sponsored to the seat on ODM ticket.
Elders and family representatives have endorsed her for the seat but the move has been opposed by her elder brother Hassan Chidzuga who is also eying the seat.
The elders led by Salim Seif Chidzuga said the family has endorsed Mwanaisha to inherit the political mantle of her late mother and will prevail upon her brother to shelf his political ambitions to avoid divisions and splitting of votes.
Speaking separately to journalists, Hassan said his sister lives in Nairobi and is married in Tana River County and thus is not qualified to inherit the mantle from their politician mother.
“My desire is to serve the people of Matuga well and am going to be in the ballot come 2022,” he said adding that he traversed the constituency with his mother during her meet the people tours.
She was joined by several women leaders during the ceremony to announce her candidature led by the national chairlady of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Rahab Mwikali.
Mwanaisha who holds a BSc in Communication and Public relations from Moi University said the idea of running for the elective seat was inspired by her profession and wanted to be part of the solution and not just highlighting problems bedeviling society.
“As journalists we are often in contact with both the citizens and officials and are determined to use this position to fight for the rights of the people especially womenfolk,” she said.
Mwanaisha says she sees the upcoming general election as an opportunity for Matuga voters to elect their first ever woman MP.
Mwikali hailed the late Chidzuga as a fearless and visionary leader who championed women rights for years in the coastal region during her long stint as regional representative for the women organization.
“We have come to give our blessings to Mwanaisha’s candidature because we believe she will fill the void left by her late mother,” said Mwikali.
She went on “women should take an active role in national issues such as general elections to increase their numbers in politics”.