After she unsuccessfully vied for the presidency as Prof Ole Kiyapi’s running mate in 2013, Winnie Kaburu is now trying her hand in the Meru gubernatorial seat.

The Wiper gubernatorial candidate wants to be among the first women to run the counties with a plan to transform the local economy through industrialisation.

Ms Kaburu follows strict Christian ethic and is promising to change the way politics is done in the region.

“One of my greatest challenges is debunking the politics of handouts. I cannot give people money so that they listen to me.

"I am offering myself as a servant to the people but it seems politics has taught them that I am the boss and I have to give them money.

"I am telling them that the politics of handouts is what breeding corruption in our country is,” Ms Kaburu says.

She adds, “I have worked hard for every coin I have. Some of my opponents are spending up to Sh2, 000 per person in their crowds. Where is this money coming from because its spending does not make business sense?”

The mother of five is a successful businesswoman and holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Nairobi.

She has experience in the business world where she has interests in hospitality, waste management, and medical supplies among others

Ms Kaburu was one of the founders of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) where she served as the vice-chairperson from 2003 to 2007.

STRONG NETWORK

“Under Kepsa, I have made a strong network of investors whom I intend to work with in improving the economy of Meru,” she said.

She is also a founder member of Fair Trade Organisation, a network organisation that creates equitable and sustainable channels in production and trade and she also established the National Association of Self Employed Women of Kenya (Naswok), an organisation that brings together women in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Having started it out at the national level in 2013, Ms Kaburu says she decided to come back to her county to contribute to its transformation.

“I can no longer watch by the sidelines and be a passive observer of the crisis that continues and worsens year after year. I am here to be the agent of change that Meru needs to make our people prosperous.

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