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Gender rule to be in One Kenya Alliance manifesto

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said their political formation of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) will include women in all stages in their leadership.

Speaking in Kirinyaga County governor’s official residence in Kagio, Kalonzo said he had received a challenge from Governor Ann Waiguru to consider women.

He also noted that their manifesto would be gender-sensitive and would integrate both genders to promote unity and national cohesion.

The Wiper Party leader said their alliance was open to accommodate the Kirinyaga Governor as part of their team to champion national unity and implement development projects in the country.

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at governor’s residence in Kagio, Kirinyaga

Referring to his past unsuccessful journey to State House in 2007, the former vice president, said he is a champion of women and his preferred running was a female.

“While I was a presidential candidate in the 2007 elections, Dr. Julia Ojiambo was my running mate and that shows I’m ready to work with the opposite gender in matters of national leadership,” Kalonzo said.

Kalonzo further called on the national government to carry out an aggressive Covid-19 vaccination exercise countrywide to ensure safety during political rallies and general the health of the citizens.

Kalonzo hailed Governor Waiguru for her performance in transforming the county through development projects. The former vice president noted that he is ready to work with leaders from Central Kenya to ensure Kenya moves forward.

“I’m ready to scale the mountain. But I’m also very cautious not to cause any friction and no wonder I’m paying a courtesy call to the governor and engaging other local leaders,” he said.

Waiguru in her part said she would continue engaging with like-minded parties to make an informed decision.

“We will continue participating in the ongoing conversations and political organizations that is being established with an aim of finding ourselves in the government of the day after the 2022 elections,” she said.

She also praised OKA for factoring women in positions of leadership should the alliance form the next government.

“As a leader who champions for the rights of women, I’m impressed to learn that their manifesto advocates for equality in Cabinet slots for both men and women,” Waiguru said.


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