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Waiguru’s biggest rival loses top job

Governor Anne Waiguru’s most prominent political rival, Kirinyaga women representative Anne Ngirici has lost her job as the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) chair.

KEWOPA is an all-female parliament association for all ladies in both the County Assembly and Parliament. Female leaders can join the association regardless of their region or the political party they are in or whether they entered Parliament through nomination.

Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni wa Muchomba replaced Ngirici as the new chair. This was after 65 out of the 97 female leaders voted out Ngirici on Tuesday, the 7th of July 2020.

Members voted her deputies as nominated senator Millicent Omanga and Kisumu woman representative Roza Buyu.

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko is the new KEWOPA Secretary-General. Charity Chepkwony will deputize her.

For a long time, Ngirici has been against Governor Waiguru. The woman rep also supported Kirinyaga MCAs as they tried to impeach Waiguru as their governor.

Police from Mwea East Sub-County summoned her husband Andrew Ngirici on the 13th of June and grilled him for two hours. This was after Andrew threatened to lead a demonstration if the Senate chose to decide on Waiguru’s fate through an 11 member committee.

Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni wa Muchomba speaking after being elected as chair of The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) on July 7, 2020

KEWOPA history.

Nominated senator Beth Mugo, Kitui governor Charity Ngilu and former justice Minister Martha Karua formed KEWOPA. The primary role of the association is to push for the two-thirds rule in Parliament.

The bill first appeared in Parliament courtesy of former KEWOPA chair Cecily Mbarire and in the Senate through senator Judith Achieng.

KEWOPA has also trained over 300 women leaders in the county assembly and other community leaders. The association mostly educates on political part association and gender-responsive budgeting under the National Democratic Institute Programme.

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