The newly formed Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) is facing a storm in Bungoma County after a Female aspirant in Webuye East constituency was shortchanged in favour of a male aspirant.
DAP-K party supports Raila Odinga’s presidency in Azimio la Umoja movement.
During a rally at Masinde Muliro gardens in Webuye town at the weekend, Caroline Buyela faced the wrath of the party leader Wafula Wamunyinyi and the party patron Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa after she was denied the chance even to address the crowd.
The party owners were very categorical that they were supporting a University lecturer Dr.Wanjala Iyaya who recently decamped from UDA party and was even welcomed as their preferred candidate for candidate to take over the mantle from the current Mp Alfred Sambu.
Political pundits believe that the Tachoni community culture cannot allow a married woman to contest for a political seat back in her mother constituency.
However, Buyela argues that she has all the rights to contest for the parliamentary seat in Webuye East considering that she has stayed her entire life in Webuye town.
“Nothing stops me, culture cannot be used to undermine women from ascending to the leadership positions, we are determined to beat all the odds,” she said.
However, Buyela stated that she was surprised to be elbowed out of DAP-K despite having used her resources to sell its ideologies on the ground.
“I was very sure that I will be the party candidate in Webuye East but I was surprised to see my party leader and the patron supporting my rival, this is wrong and it shows lack of democracy in the party,” she said.
The former Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s disaster management advisor added, “It seems male chauvinism still dominates in our community, I believe as a woman I have high chances of clinching the parliamentary seat because of the good-will I have created with my voters,”.
She asked her supporters to be patient as she shops for the best party that will propel her to the August house.
“Just be patient, I will communicate the direction we will take, it is not too late on our part, we will eventually clinch the parliamentary seat,” he assured.