In Summary
  • Ms Janet Sitienei defied the Jubilee wave in Uasin Gishu County to be elected as an independent in Turbo, Deputy President William Ruto’s home constituency.

  • Ms Naisula Lesuuda, of Kanu, trounced Jubilee’s Jonathan Lati at 14,561 votes to 13,971.

  • Ms Sarah Paulata Korere unseated her bitter rival Mathew Lempurkel (ODM) in Laikipia North.

  • In Ijara, Garissa, former ODM nominated MP Sophia Noor of Party of Reforms and Democracy got 5,824 votes to unseat Mr Ahmed Abass (5,398).

A record 22 women had by Thursday decisively won constituency seats in Tuesday’s General Election, an increase from the 2013 number.

And in some areas, a woman as being elected to a seat that has been the domain of men.

But although the women set for the 12th Parliament are still few, they increased by six from the 16 elected in the last elections.

Jubilee Party has the majority of the women MPs-elect with 13, followed by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) with five and one each from Kanu, Party of Reforms and Democracy, as well as Wiper Democratic Movement and an independent candidate.

Ms Janet Sitienei defied the Jubilee wave in Uasin Gishu County to be elected as an independent in Turbo, Deputy President William Ruto’s home constituency.

Having lost in the Jubilee primaries in a tough duel with Mr Stephen Okwara, she became the second elected female MP in the North Rift with 36,444 votes to the businessman’s 30,914.

MAJOR HURDLES

Among the women who mounted major hurdles to campaign their way to the National Assembly are four from the pastoral and conservative communities, making a mark as first female politicians to be elected to Parliament from their areas.

These include youthful former journalist Naisula Lesuuda, a nominated senator who has won the Samburu West seat to become the first elected woman MP from the community.

Ms Lesuuda, of Kanu, trounced Jubilee’s Jonathan Lati at 14,561 votes to 13,971.

Ms Sarah Paulata Korere unseated her bitter rival Mathew Lempurkel (ODM) in Laikipia North. Ms Korere (Jubilee), who was nominated in 2013 by United Republican Party (URP), got 10,767 in a bruising battle with a man she once accused of physically assaulting her.

In Ijara, Garissa, former ODM nominated MP Sophia Noor of Party of Reforms and Democracy got 5,824 votes to unseat Mr Ahmed Abass (5,398).

In Kajiado East, Ms Peris Tobiko has retained her seat on Jubilee Party after garnering  37, 742 votes.

FIRST FEMALE MP

In Nakuru, Njoro got its first female MP in the constituency’s 25 years of existence, bringing to three the women MPs-elect in the county in this year’s elections.

Mrs Charity Kathambi Chepkwony, a former board member of Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB), trounced five independent opponents. They included lawyer Karanja Kabage, who had lost in the Jubilee Nakuru senatorial primaries to Ms Susan Kihika.

Mrs Chepkwony, a mother of three, who hails from Meru County, is married in Njoro.

In Gilgil, Nominated Senator Martha Wangari became the second woman MP and the first elected after beating two opponents. Gilgil was hived off Naivasha in the 2008 boundaries review.

Mrs Jayne Kihara, a former assistant minister, made a political comeback in Naivasha after 10 years when she beat a Kanu opponent and three independents.

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