Anne Waiguru
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru speaks during the BBI Launch at the Bomas of Kenya.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, who is deputized by a man, Peter Ndambiri, spoke extensively on the issue of ‘alternative gender’ in the leadership of the country in her Bomas speech during the public launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Gov. Waiguru who is an ardent supporter of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga articulated the women’s agenda firmly in the few minutes that she spoke.

She described what ‘alternative gender’ means, and the expectations of the 24 million women and girls living in the country.

“If a Governor is a woman, the deputy is a woman. Let this principle be pushed even in the legislature. If the Speaker is a man, the deputy is a woman. If the majority leader is a woman, the deputy majority leader is a man. If the whip is a man, the deputy whip is a woman,” said Gov. Waiguru.

She emphasized that the womenfolk were not asking for too much since Kenya’s population has more than 50% being women.

“It is time this country got to the point of gender equality,” she said.

Gov. Waiguru pushed the envelope further and demanded that in the top three national leadership positions, women must be present.

“Let there be gender balance in the positions of President, Deputy President, and Prime Minister,” said Gov. Waiguru.

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Other women who spoke during the meeting were Gov. Charity Ngilu, Muranga Women Rep Sabina Chege, and Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga who are affiliated to Embrace Kenya.

There was no woman affiliated to Inua Mama who spoke in the Bomas Meeting.