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“My husband David Ndii told me bottom-up is not for Kiambu,” Mwende Gatabaki

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi says in her book ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ that, “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”

Mwende Gatabaki-Ndii embodies femininity in its fullness. She showed up for an interview on TV47’s breakfast show ‘Morning Cafe’ in Agikuyu traditional regalia with a tinge of modernity; manicured nails, an engagement ring, a wedding ring and one for beauty.

How she is able to balance modernity and tradition is impeccable. She has struck a balance in her day to day as well from a successful career in technology to having a successful career and now politics.

Mwende Ndii on career trajectory

Mwende is a woman of many firsts. From pursuing a degree in mathematics, a post-graduate in computer science in the UK, sitting on the executive board of KTDA to being the first senior Kenyan to work for Africa Development Bank (AfDB), she has found herself in rooms full of men.

She is now the only woman in the Kiambu Gubernatorial race competing against the incumbent James Nyoro, former governor Ferdinard Waititu, current senator Kimani Wamatangi and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

“I am competing with men for Kiambu’s gubernatorial seat because it’s exciting. I am used to being the only woman in the room. I have women who are discouraging me saying that this might break my home and others suggesting I should vie for the Woman Rep position,” she told TV47.

“When applying for a job, one does so for the position they are qualified for. I am qualified for the gubernatorial position because it is about leadership. Leading projects and people. Representing women is not my area of expertise,” she argued.

David Ndii on bottom-up

She revealed that she would be vying as an independent candidate despite her husband, David Ndii, being affiliated with DP Ruto’s UDA.

“I am going independent because it is not political parties that work but individuals. Mzee (David Ndii) is working for UDA and is the author of bottom-up. He is the first person who told me, when I informed him that I wanted to go for Kiambu’s gubernatorial seat, that bottom-up is not for Kiambu or Nakuru counties because all other counties are trying to get where these two counties are.”

“The current governor has focussed on economy but he has forgotten the social issues. Kiambu is the county with the highest rate of suicide cases and a lot of rape cases. My key agenda for this position is social development which has totally been abandoned by all governors.”

“People also carry party politics forward even after elections and this divides the people. Kiambu has fallen, our social fabric is no longer there.”

She is yet to decide on a running mate. She has narrowed down her options to four individuals and hopes to reach a decision with her team soon.

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