NYERI 21 OCTOBER, 2017, (PSCU) First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said the Kenyan women hold the strongest block of votes which they should use to determine the future of the Country during the fresh Presidential election on Thursday.
She said the October 26 poll is an important one for the Country and asked all those eligible to vote to exercise their constitutional rights and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We (women) have a vote, a very strong vote; your vote matters - your vote will make a difference’’, said the First Lady when she addressed thousands of women in Othaya (Nyeri) and Kangema (Murang’a ) during meetings organized by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO).
The First Lady described the fresh Presidential poll as an important one and appealed to the women to use their influence to mobilize votes for President Kenyatta among their families and neighbours.
“This election matters. And so I urge you as women, as mothers talk to your families, and your friends and neighbours to go out on 26thOctober to vote”, she said.
The First Lady asked the women not to get tired, lose hope nor be distracted by the long season of elections-a period she described as particularly difficult for all mothers. They must come out and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday.
She asked the women to be at the forefront to show the world that they want to move on with their lives after the decisive vote. And every vote counts, she said
“Every one of you seated here today can help win this election for Uhuru Kenyatta and win by an even larger majority”, she said.
Braving a chilly and drizzling weather in both Nyeri and Murang’a counties to take her women empowerment message to her home counties, the First Lady said women have a very important role to play this presidential election cycle to ensure the future of the country and their children are protected.
“I plead with you to stay the course - so that on 26th October, just a few days from now, we as women, we as Kenyans, we as citizens who believe in progress - must come together and vote”, appealed the First Lady.
The First Lady said the continued election mode the country finds itself in is very disturbing and disruptive, both to people’s lives and their businesses.
“It is affecting our children, especially our youth. It has been disturbing because our lives, our business have been disrupted”, she added
She thanked the people of Nyeri and Murang’a for the overwhelming support they gave President Kenyatta during the August 8elections.
The First Lady’s message was well reciprocated by all leaders in Nyeri and Murang’a who promised to mobilize every available vote for President Kenyatta.
Nyeri leaders included MPs Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya ) and his predecessor Mary Wambui, Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) , Women Representative Rahab Mukami and the entire MYWO County leadership among others.
Murang’a leaders included MYWO county representatives, MP Muturi Kigano (Kangema), Mrs Jane Kiano (MYWO patron) and Ahadi Kenya Trust Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stanley Kamau whose organization is a close partner of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative.
In Nyeri, the First Lady took the opportunity to mingle with elderly citizens drawn from various parts of the County to whom she distributed blankets, shoes and personally served them breakfast including traditional porridge.
In Murang’a, the First Lady met with women groups from all the eight sub-counties to whom she distributed 5,000 improved and high yielding banana seedlings.
The women groups drawn from all the 35 wards in Murang’a were grouped under the Murang’a County Women Sacco.
The two meetings were convened by MYWO top leadership led by national chairperson Mrs Rahab Mwikali Muiu and Secretary Mrs Elizabeth Mayieka.
During the last elections, Nyeri people gave President Kenyatta 388,362 votes representing 98.44 per cent of the votes cast while Murang’a voters gave another 498,051 votes to the Head of State- representing 97.89 per cent.