Kirinyaga Women representative Wangui Ngirici has pleaded with the residents of Kirinyaga to stop the ongoing narrative of rejecting women leaders in future.
Ngirici said it has come to her the attention that the residents due to the protracted struggle witnessed between the current county executive and the County Assembly, they have since resolved to shun women leadership going forward.
The women rep said such a resolution is not fair at all, because individual persons should be judged on their own performances and not just on the basis of being a woman.
“Don’t condemn women leaders in wholesale, we have good women leaders out there who can be emulated in the entire world, leave alone Kenya,” she pleaded.
However, Ngirici said her aspiration to ascend to the county’s gubernatorial position come 2022 will not be quashed by such innuendos.
Speaking at Kutus Sifa gardens, while distributing Sh3 million bursary cheques to needy children, the women rep said the county government should set aside adequate funds to benefit more vulnerable cases.
“We are also urging the beneficiaries to pull up their socks and perform well, since cannot continue supporting those who perform poorly,” she said.
Ngirici said she has initiated a research to establish why Kirinyaga schools perform dismally especially when it comes to secondary schools.
“Education is key in making our pupils competitive among other Kenyans and opening key positions for them in future,” she said, adding that those currently in school if well-supported, will in future take charge of the management and development of the county agenda.
The county MP said through her office National Government Action Affirmative Fund, orphaned children are supported fully through payment of their school fees, while children with single parents receive 50% of the support with minimum allocation going for Sh5000.
“The County is well aware that other counties are giving even up to Sh200 million bursaries but our local administration has only allocated a paltry Sh1 million per ward, which is far from being enough,” she said.
Ngirici said she only gets Sh4 million for a bursary for the entire county, compared to Sh40 million given to other members of parliament for the constituency bursary.
“That’s why I have declared to go for the governor’s position and leave the current position for another woman, this is a position for women to practice before they go for higher positions,” she added.