In Summary
  • She was discouraged by many who thought that she was either not serious or stood little chance.
  • As the only woman in Kuria East parliamentary race she says she is ready to fight it out on ODM ticket.
  • Ms Robi has campaigned against retrogressive traditional practices such as FGM and child marriage.

Ms Rahab Robi is determined to beat all odds and break with the past.

She has thrown her hat in the political ring, and is contesting for the Kuria East Constituency seat in Migori County.

With the exception of the Woman representative seat, she is the only female candidate running for a parliamentary seat in the whole of Migori County. Consequently, she says, hers is partly a bid to defeat male chauvinism which is singled out as a key issue in scaring away women from contesting parliamentary seats.

When she made known her intention to vie for the seat, Ms Robi says she was discouraged by many who thought that she was either not serious or stood little chance.

DISCOURAGED

“People told me that Kuria East is not ready for a woman MP and that I was wasting my time declaring my candidature. But I was determined,” said Ms Robi, who is running on the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) ticket.

As the only woman in the Kuria East parliamentary race that has attracted six candidates, Ms Robi says she is ready to fight it out.

“I am ready to serve my people regardless of my gender. I am determined to prove that women too have the impetus to lead,” Ms Robi said in an interview with the Nation.

The ODM candidate joined politics when she was nominated to the Migori County Assembly in 2013.  

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