An onslaught against nominated leaders in the ruling party – Jubilee – in Kenya has been going for a couple of days. The majority affected are women who were nominated to the Senate pegged on the huge numbers the party had in comparison to others.
According to the top leadership of the party, nominated leaders cannot afford to go against the party or the party leader.
They (nominees) have jobs because of the party and going against the grain of the party, like not attending a crucial PG meeting is tantamount to blatant disobedience that warrants being stripped off the position in the house.
However, the affected leaders, male or female, must learn crucial lessons from Beatrice Elachi, the current Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly.
Elachi contested for the parliamentary seat of Dagoretti North in 2017 but lost to Simba Arati (ODM). She, however, caught the eye of her party leadership and became the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly. A powerful position.
In addition, when Elachi was nominated to the Senate in 2013, she worked her way and became the Senate Majority Chief Whip; another powerful post.
Noteworthy, Elachi was a nominated leader, and unlike the current nominees who are battling to remain in the house, Elachi was enjoying the trappings of power.
She is today Speaker in one of the most powerful county assemblies in the country and has fought, successfully, across the board to retain this seat.
Even when the Nairobi County Government is ‘swallowed’ up by the national government, if that ever happens, Elachi will survive and remold herself.
The nominated leaders affected by the Jubilee party fumigation included: Millicent Omanga, Mary Seneta, Christine Zawadi, Naomi Waqo, and Falhada Iman.