ODM undermining female aspirants in favour of Raila cronies – Mbarire

ODM undermining women
Embu County women representative Cecily Mbarire. Photo/Anthony Ndwigah

Runyenjes Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire has faulted the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party for what she terms as favouring male candidates by offering them direct nominations at the expense of female contestants.

Mbarire castigated ODM Party leader Raila Odinga for ‘ill-treating’ nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro on her quest to vie for Ruaraka Constituency seat by trying to block her in favour of TJ Kajwang’.

The outspoken Runyenjes legislator, who is vying for the Jubilee ticket the Embu County gubernatorial seat, slammed ODM’s decision saying all contestants should be left free to seek support from the electorates.

Mbarire punched holes on Odinga’s reputation as the ‘father of democracy in Kenya’ saying the opposition leader is hell bent on denying women, who are stronger on the ground, a chance to actualise their leadership qualities in favour of his close allies.

She concluded that ODM has been undermining women in leadership, noting that the party has only one elected female legislator, Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, compared to Jubilee Party which has several elected female politicians.

While commissioning new classrooms in Kamugere Primary School, Mbarire extended welcome to women contestants in the ODM Party who are aggrieved by party leadership to Jubilee Party assuring them that Jubilee has space for women.

She hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive not to give direct nominations to candidates in Jubilee Party saying the move entrenches democracy and fair competition.

She appealed to the president to follow up on his directive by ensuring that party nominations will be free, fair, and transparent.

Embu County senatorial aspirant Geoffrey Ruku said there is need for political parties to nurture democracy by allowing free participation of all interested persons in the democratic process, including nominations, without interference from persons in authority.

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