Maa women want more representation in government

Maa women dancing. Women from the community have said they want more representation in government positions./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Maa women now want to have representation in at least 1/3 of the positions of leadership, including those of Cabinet and Principal Secretaries, Public Service among others.

Appearing before the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Committee, the Maa Women Network, composed of representatives from seven counties that speak the ‘Olamal Loo Ntomonok’ language, said there was need for fair representation in leadership in all sphere of government both at the national and county level.

The women, led by their lawyer, Wiper nominated Senator, Judith Sijeny, also want marginalization and vulnerabilities issues of the Maa communities to be addressed.

“Maa women as members of marginalized/indigenous groups have been adversely affected by a disintegration of the national Ethos and fading of a shared common vision,” Said Sijeny.

The group also proposed that in order to adequately maximize devolution gains, sufficient and adequate budgetary allocations to counties should be enhanced from the current 15 percent to 45 percent cent.

The women are also of the idea that retrogressive cultural practices that have historically been inflicted on the Maa community, like the land injustices, should stop as they compromise land ownership and inheritance.