The Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) Mombasa branch has hailed ODM Party leader Raila Odinga’s move to pick NARC Kenya Party leader Martha Karua as his presidential running mate.
Led by MYWO Mombasa Coordinator Agnes Jola, the women said that this was a momentous and a historic moment for women in the country.
Addressing the media at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa, Jola said that this was a win for Kenyan women as she promised that they will mobilise their colleagues to rally behind Raila and Karua.
“We had prayed and longed for this, our desire was for Raila to pick Karua and we are happy he did so,” said Jola.
She said they were going to set up structures to the ward level to ensure that the two get to statehouse come August, 9 during the General elections.
“I want to assure Baba (Raila) that we are with him, come August 9, we shall all wake up very early in the morning and cast our votes for him,” said Jola.
She called on Karua to use the honour bestowed on her to address the issues affecting women in the country.
Jola pleaded with Karua to address the issues of economic empowerment, bursary and more so the issue of drug menace that has affected Mombasa youth.
Her sentiments were echoed by former NACADA Director Farida Rashid who said that it was a dream come true for women in the country as one of their own was about to ascend to the second most powerful seat in the country.
“Karua is an epitome of success and we are proud of her hard stance, she always stands for the truth. We believe she is setting the road for women to statehouse,” said Rashid.
She expressed her confidence that Karua will deliver to the Kenyan women who have a lot of expectations and aspirations in her leadership.
“This is a new dawn in Kenya, we want all women to come out together and ensure we have our own Karua at the statehouse,” she said.
Bizena Swaleh, a resident of Majengo in Mvita Sub-county said Raila’s move to pick Karua could be compared to Tanzania’s late President John Magufuli picking Samia Suluhu who later came to take over after he passed away.
She said that Raila had given Kenyan women a reason to walk with their heads high saying that Karua was the next Samia Suluhu in the making.
“We want Karua to ensure that she pushes for gender based cases against women pending in court are dealt with expediently. She is capable and she will deliver,” she said.