Busia Women MCAs Aspirants Conference Reveals How Men Hinder Their Political Ambitions

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By Reuben Olita

The conference of Women Members of the Busia County Assembly who are seeking elective positions in the 9th August, 2022 today revealed how men hinder their political progression owing to fear of the unknown.

The two-day workshop convened by Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) at Farmview Hotel in Busia town resolved to convene a workshop for men to prevail upon them to create a level playing field for female aspirants seeking various seats instead of being bottlenecks.

Dr Charles Wafula from TICH said there is need for men involvement on matters gender mainstreaming to enable them ton down their “character assassination” on female aspirants that posses major challenge in terms of their efforts to climb political ladders.

” We had not foreseen such a challenge of involving men on matters women leadership until today when women made confessions regarding men becoming stambling blocks as they strive to pursue politics as their careers,” he said.

He added: ” We want men in the soon to be convene workshop to be candid in the discussions as to why they have fear in their wives or daughters ascending to leadership positions. There is need to mainstream gender in the departments, governance and ledership, thus the desire to involve men.

Dr Wafula said women have the potential to take up leadership positions but they are constraints by lack of economic capacity or the society not ready to support women in many aspects.

Nominated MCA and Member of Parliament aspirant for Matayos Costituency, Ms Florence Ologi told their male counterparts that they are not their enemies but just competitors for political positions.

” If a woman wins a political seat, the community has gotten it. We are not enemies of ourselves, it’s men who divide us so that we don’t love each other and yet we are development conscious in the county,” Ms Ologi said.

The MP aspirant urged the electorate to elect women into leadership positions. Our beloved male counterparts should not despise women while still in leadership or when they retire. Kindly note that we are good lobbyists who can bring more and more at the click of a baton.

Of the MCAs aspirants three elected including Grace Olita (Angurai South Ward), Beatrice Kanoti (Bwiri) and Mwajuma Toloi (Nambale Township) will defend their seats.

Margaret Achungo Awino (nominated) will face off with Majority Leader, Hon. Kassaman Ekesa for Bukhayo Central Ward seat. Hon. Novena Ndaliro (nominated) will square it out with Hon Moses Ochieng (Burumba Ward).

Nancy Okademi will battle it out with Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lawrence Okaale Murunga for Angurai North Ward seat, while Christine Florence Owuor will take on incumbent, Hon John Oganga for Marachi West seat.

In her presentation on Women in Leadership and Gender Responsive Budget, Ms Faith Chesire from TICH noted that only one woman MCA was elected in Busia county in 2013 with the number increasing to three in 2017.

” Although the number of women MCAs (three elected and 17 nominated met the two-third gender threshold at 30 percent, all house committees in the county assembly has no woman as chair with 33 percent elected deputies,” she said.

Acting Director Trade, Hudson Sireka said the County Government of Busia has tried to ensure gender inclusiveness with 30% reserved for women, youths and persons living with disability, encouraging these groups to get Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) certificates which is a requirement while applying for jobs.

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