In Summary
  • This time, the 12th National Assembly will have a record 22 female elected MP.

  • The people of Kirinyaga you had two strong and independent women to choose from.

  • Thank you for giving us these trailblazers; Susan Kihika, Prof Margaret Kamar and Fatuma Dullo.

Dear Kenyans,

Today I would like to take this opportunity not to ask anything of you, but to say thank you!

Thank you for not just a peaceful election, but for electing women, too. Thank you for giving women an opportunity to be your governors, senators, MPs, MCAs and, of course, woman reps. And thank you for making history.

This time, the 12th National Assembly will have a record 22 female elected MP. This is a great improvement from the 16 who were elected in 2013.

Five more women elected to this parliament might seem like a small addition, but I see progress. I see baby steps and giant leaps.

This is the Kenya we want, the Kenya we need and the Kenya we should aspire to have.

A special thank you to the people of Bomet. Thank you for giving woman power a chance.

UNBEATEN PATH

Thank you for taking the unbeaten path and setting the trend for the rest of Kenyans that what a man can do, a woman can do as well.

The people of Kirinyaga you had two strong and independent women to choose from. You also made history and delivered a female governor.

To the people of Kitui, who quietly made their decision that chilly morning of August 8, and gave Mrs Charity Ngilu an opportunity to serve you, the books of history will also smile on you for going against the grain.

How could I forget the millions of Kenyans in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Isiolo who delivered the first three female senators to sit in the Senate, not as nominated senators, but as duly elected senators.

Thank you for giving us these trailblazers; Susan Kihika, Prof Margaret Kamar and Fatuma Dullo.

SAMBURU

I want to take this opportunity to especially thank the people of Samburu and North Eastern Kenya (Ijara), these two pastoralist communities that defied barbaric anti-women notions to give us the first elected women MPs. We now have the first woman elected MP Naisula Lesuuda. People of Samburu God bless you for such progressive forward thinking.

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