Much of the coverage during the 2017 Kenyan election campaign has centred on the two men competing for that country’s top office.
However, there is a sub-plot developing at a county in the South Western regions of Kenya.
In what is an extraordinary tale to be told in the 21st century, Orange Democratic Party candidate Rahab Robi looks likely to become the first woman to win a parliamentary seat for the Kuria Constituency, in Migori County.
She is the only woman running for a parliamentary seat in that whole county, and it looks like she is going to win. Her campaign team is confident that the objective will be realized. Several issues of governance have consistently come under the spotlight in this campaign, but Robi has centred her election on defeating male chauvinism attitudes that continue to plague Kenyan politics.
She has not always received a lot of encouragement either.
“People told me that Kuria East is not ready for a woman MP and that I was wasting my time declaring my candidature. But I was determined,” Robi told the Daily Nation this week.
While momentum is being gathered, she is under absolutely no illusions about the enormity of the task that lies ahead. But she swears she is ready for anything that her male counterparts try to throw at her.
“I am ready to serve my people regardless of my gender. I am determined to prove that women too have the impetus to lead,” added Robi.
Male dominance aside, Robi is a champion of peace and stability, and feels she is ideally placed to address those very issues and more.
“My vision is to foster peace through bringing people together,” explained Robi.
“I am concentrating on my bid to liberate my people from poverty. I am not bothered by sideshows of my competitors,” added Robi.