The post of women rep has attracted many aspirants in Nakuru County and the number is expected to keep rising as we get closer to the elections slated for august 2017.
Apart from the incumbent Ms. Mary Mbugua, there are 10 other aspirants interested in the seat. However, one aspirant in has caused a stir due to the fact that he is a man.
Businessman Kio Kinuthia a director of Rift Valley Sports Club has revealed that he will be vying for the post of Nakuru County Woman Rep in the 2017 general elections. This, despite the fact that a majority of people believe that the post is reserved only for women.
“There is nowhere in the constitution where it explicitly says that you must be a woman to vie as a woman representative,” answered Kio to claims that the constitution bars him from vying for that post.
“We have had cases of people living with disabilities being represented by people without disabilities and youth being represented by people past the age bracket. I too can comfortably represent Nakuru women in parliament,” said Mr. Kio.
Kio who is yet to declare on which party he will be seeking to be elected is a serious respectable businessman in Nakuru. He is a former Area Retail Manager for Safaricom in the Rift Region and is also the founder and director of Unlimited Communications Company.
He is the current chairman of the Real Nakuru Analysts lobby group and a motivational speaker. His declaration has caught many by surprise and wondering whether he is serious.
A Nakuru based former journalist turned political analyst Mr. Elijah Kinyanjui was categorical that Kio cannot vie for women rep.
“Section 97(1) (b) of the Kenyan Constitution clearly says forty-seven women, each elected by the registered voters of the counties, each county constituting a single member constituency so I don’t see how a man can be allowed to vie for the seat,” argued Mr. Kinyanjui.
The aspirant was however insistent that he’s not turning back. “Expect to see my name on the ballot papers and you can rest assured that this is no joke. Am going all the way” declared Kio.