Story/Reuben Olita

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has pledged to revamp Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) in Busia County.

Addressing Executives of MYWO during a breakfast meeting at Hotel Itoya on Thursday, the Governor said its unfortunate that the giant MYWO which is in charge of women affairs from the grassroots continue to dwindle.
” My government will work hand in hand with the organization leadership in the county to make it vibrant once again,” he said, telling the women leadership to work around the clock to raise the profile of the organization.

In order to boost the women economically, the Governor revealed he recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Women Enterprise Fund, encouraging women to access the funds which is interest free.
” You should go outside the box and exploit every available opportunity¬† ;¬† your efforts will help you get back to your normal footing,” he said, adding that the road to success will depend on women’s organizational strategy.
On the Building bridges initiatives, the Governor urged MYWO to read the draft where it helps women, noting that there are many accrued benefits including gender parity.
” BBI will increase resource basket of counties from the current 15 per cent to 35. This will solve many problems facing counties in terms of financial constraints,” he said, adding that development will be realized.
MYWO chairperson Martha Emojong thanked the governor for pledging to avail an office for the organization, noting that it will facilitate their day to day operations.
” We are also grateful with the Governor for pledging to link us to WEF and other organizations operating in the county with a view forging a working partnership,” She said.

The chairperson said the Governor will give them direction on the BBI, emphasising that the draft has many advantages to women including meeting gender threshold.
Those in attendance included Gender Advisor to the Governor Pascalia Makonjio and county women  delegates Beatrice Mbingi, Mary Okedi, Imelda Were, Irene Eduwa, Roselida Musumba, Clear Miakasaba, Hellen Taala, Susan Wanga and Dorine Khaukwa.

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