First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today returned to Kisii and Nyamira counties to reinforce her women economic empowerment programs that she promised two months ago.
She also took the opportunity to thank the residents of the two populous counties for supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta during the August 8, elections.
“I have come here to say that I was truly overwhelmed and humbled by the support you gave Uhuru Kenyatta during the 8th August elections’, she said
The First Lady appealed to the voters in the two counties to come out in even larger numbers and re-endorse President Kenyatta as their choice during the fresh elections on October 26.
“Uhuru Kenyatta and I are honored by your trust and support and we know that we can count on you once again to come out in even larger numbers on 26th October”, said the First Lady.
The First Lady’s basketful of empowerment initiatives contained water tanks to schools and women groups, shoes to 10 primary schools, hundreds of mosquito nets for pregnant and lactating mothers, tree and passion fruit seedlings that will touch the livelihoods of residents in 45 Wards of Kisii and another 20 in Nyamira.
Kisii High School, where the First Lady addressed hundreds of women in a meeting organized by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO), was among the schools that received a 10,000-litres water tank alongside 10 primary schools in the region.
Kisii County also received an Ambulance Mashinani facility that boosts the work of the Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic in areas that are inaccessible by the bigger truck.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has a special interest in Kisii (National) High where the Government is sponsoring the construction of a Sh 223 million multi-purpose 3-storied complex that with house a library, 4 laboratories , several classes and an ICT centre.
The Office of the President is also sponsoring several students at the school under the PURES program including the talented master Duncan Siriba (form 4) who composed and sung a moving poem for the Head of State in 2014 when he visited the school.
PURES-Pupils Reward Scheme-is a mentorship program under the Office of the president that benefits top performers in schools across the country.
Master Siriba was again at his best when he moved the crowds with another emotional composition (poem) that he came up with in praise of the First Lady’s indomitable spirit and initiatives to uplift the welfare of mothers and children.
And the First Lady reciprocated the gesture to the school and its hospitality by offering a special lunch for the boys .
The other boys sponsored by the Office of the President under PURES are Samuel Monyacha (F1), Daniel Bwire (F3), Esevwe Arvin (F4) and Collins Makanga in form 2.
The Women Economic Empowerment Program is a partnership between the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative and Ahadi Kenya Trust led by Dr. Stanley Kamau as the Chief Executive Officer.
The First Lady was on a return visit to the two counties which she again visited on last July 23 where she made a promise to come back and continue her women empowerment conversation with the women in the two regions.
“I want to assure you that I have not forgotten the issues we discussed during my last visit here. It is my intention to continue to work with women across the country and to help where I can to uplift lives and to promote women empowerment.
The two MYWO meetings at Kisii High and Tombe SDA Mixed Secondary School I(Nyamira) brought together groups of businesspeople, teachers, local political leaders, the disabled, widows, members of the MYWO and Beyond Zero Volunteers.
The First Lady assured the women that President Kenyatta’s commitment toward their leadership and empowerment remains firm and focused.
“I want to reassure you that Uhuru Kenyatta’s promise to support women is firm; he is aware that women must not be overlooked because we make up a large percentage of the Kenyan population”, said the First Lady
She said the Jubilee Government has already generated opportunities for business women entrepreneurships, including empowering small scale farmers, training and value addition and upgrading the quality of their produce.
“He (President Kenyatta) has also ensured more women are included in political leadership roles and he wants to do more for women because he has seen your energy and your potential”, added the First Lady
All the speakers at the two functions assured the First Lady that they will mobilize every voter in the two counties to support President Kenyatta re-election during the October 26 polls.
They said the two counties were totally under the Jubilee wave and no longer opposition strongholds as earlier perceived.
Former MP Dr. James Gesami who failed to secure an ODM ticket for governorship during the party nominations but still went ahead to contest the gubernatorial seat as an Independent candidate announced he was moving to Jubilee to campaign for President Kenyatta.
Other Speakers included Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tongi, his Kitutu Masaba Counterpart Shadrack Mose, Nyamira Women Representative Jerusha Momanyi, nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, and MYWO officials led by national chairperson Mrs Rahab Mwikali Muiu and Secretary Mrs Elizabeth Mayieka.
During the last elections, Nyamira voted overwhelmingly for President Kenyatta where he garnered a 52 per cent vote lead ( 106,000 votes). Nyamira people also elected three Jubilee MPs including the Women Representative Jerusha Momanyi.
Kisii voters gave President Kenyatta 174,000 votes (43 per cent )but elected two Jubilee Mps and 9 Members of County Assemblies.