Kenya: Muturi Urges Women to Go for Elective Seats in 2022 Polls

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has urged women to actively seek for various elective political seats in the 2022 General Elections instead of waiting to be nominated into such positions.

He stressed that women should not expect to be given political leadership on a silver platter.

“To demonstrate their strength and that they are capable of leading, women should fight for parliamentary, senatorial and even ward representative seats,” he said on Saturday evening at the University of Embu.

Addressing professionals from Embu County, Mr Muturi blamed gender imbalance representation in Parliament on failure by more women to vie for seats.

He asked women to rise above retrogressive cultural beliefs that they are weak people who can only be nominated.

“Women should believe in themselves and go for elective posts so that there could be equal representation in Parliament. The Constitution provides two-thirds representation of either gender in Parliament,” he said.

Two-thirds gender rule

He warned that the two-thirds gender rule will not be achieved if women continue shying away from vying for political positions.

At the same time, Mr Muturi reached out to professionals and asked them to back his presidential ambition.

He reiterated that he has what it takes to take the country to the next level if he becomes the fifth President of Kenya, adding that he will be happy if professionals from the region campaign for him.