Kilifi,KENYA:Getrude Mbeyu and Aisha Jumwa won the Orange Democratic Movement tickets to fly the flags of Kilifi County women Representative and Malindi parliamentary seats respectively.
Mbeyu, the seating Kibarani Ward Member of County Assembly and Jumwa the seating Kilifi County women Representative won the nominations undisputed.
Mbeyu beat her compatriot Juliet Riziki famously known as ‘Kachachawa’ with 32,054 votes to clinch the ticket against 28,722 votes.
Addressing the media on Sunday evening at her maternal home in Kibarani in the outskirts of Kilifi Town, Mbeyu, a teacher by profession said she is humbled with the win and vowed to empower women both economically and academically.
“It is by the grace of God that I have won this ticket,” said Mbeyu.
“There has been a lot of hearsay that my rival Juliet ‘Kachachawa’ had already been given the ticket directly but I kept faith to God and today all went my way,” A jubilant Mbeyu said during her celebration.
Asked whether she has been in touch with the incumbent women representative Aisha Jumwa, Mbeyu thanked her for her dedication at making sure women in the county are well empowered terming her as a role model to her.
She said she is happy by that her political mentor Jumwa clinched the Malindi Legislative seat’s ODM certificate.
“As I enjoy my conquest, I want also to congratulate Aisha Jumwa for winning the Malindi MP Seat’s ticket after beating William Mtengo,” said Mbeyu.
“This portrays a new dawn for women leadership in Kilifi County, something that has been a dream for many years,” she said.
She said that she was optimistic of winning the women seat on August but said it would only be fulfilled when people turn out in large numbers to cast their votes for her.
“I urge the people of Kilifi to turn out in large numbers, come August 8 to vote me in and I promise to utilize the Affirmative Action Fund for the benefit of the women of this great county,” she added.
On the other hand Jumwa who beat the incumbent Malindi Mp. Willy Mtengo with more than 8000 votes called for peaceful campaigns as the journey to august general elections has taken off officially.
“I am grateful to the people of Malindi for their devotion and dedication to vote for me today and enable me get this important ticket,” said Jumwa.
“I assure to work hand in hand with everyone in this area should I get voted in as the Malindi MP. Come August 8 2017,” Jumwa added as she celebrated her victory in Malindi.