Baringo Senator Gideon Moi on Sunday the 20th of September 2020, apologized over MP Johanna Ngeno’s remarks on Mama Ngina Kenyatta.
Speaking during a meeting with 17 female leaders at his Kabarak home, Gideon asked for forgiveness on behalf of the MP who was a KANU member.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba, Kenya Women Parliamentary Association KEWOPA) chairperson commended the senator for his apology.
“We thank him (Gideon) for taking the opportunity to apologize to women on behalf of one of their members who had made utterances that enraged women.”
“As the head of KEWOPA and the representative of Kiambu where Mama Ngina resides, we thank you, and we believe that no other member will embark on that route.”
Johanna Ng’eno came under huge criticism after he uttered words that did not sit well with female leaders. The MP, while trying to pass a message to Uhuru, had mentioned Mama Ngina Kenyatta’s name in the process.
The police arrested him on the grounds of incitement. He later on gained freedom through a ksh 1 million cash bail.
Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)
During the Kabarak meeting, the leaders also discussed the BBI. According to him, the ladies were like-minded, and they discussed issues affecting women in the BBI.
He went on to explain that the BBI would look into and uplift women through their economic activities. The senator further pledged to support women personally and also through his party KANU.
“I am very happy to note that, in the BBI, are issues which uplift the standards of living of women. I have assured them of my personal support and that of our party,” Gideon affirmed.
Female leaders in the meeting were Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru, Gathoni Wa Muchomba, Former Nairobi county speaker Beatrice Elachi, Homa Bay Women rep Gladys Wanga and Nyeri County Deputy governor Caroline Karugu.
During the press conference, Waiguru acknowledged that they discussed issues relating to the BBI and women. She further explained this involved the two-thirds gender rule in parliaments, food security, provision of water, education as well as health.