Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru Saturday joined CoG chair Wycliff Oparanya and Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu to plead with the incoming Bomet governor to appoint a woman as a deputy governor.
Speaking at the Late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso’s burial, Waiguru said Laboso was passionate about women empowerment and having a woman as deputy governor would be her wish.
Incoming Bomet governor is called Hillary Barchok.
“With the help of President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto I beseech the governor who is taking over to kindly choose a woman to be the deputy governor in honour of the late Joyce,” said Waiguru.
Waiguru also said she knew politics was a tough game with so many rules but her wish is to also have the deputy governor originate from Sotik where Joyce came from.
Prime Minister Raila backed Waiguru’s sentiments saying women face a lot of challenges in leadership making it fair to have the deputy governor of Bomet as a woman.
“The deputy governor of Bomet should automatically be a woman. There is too much discrimination on women. As a country we must address this issue head on. Affirmative action is a must,” said Raila.
Raila also said something befitting should be named after Joyce in Kisumu County even if it is a street, hospital or a school.