First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Wednesday took President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign to Western Kenya.
Addressing women and their leaders from Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga and Kakamega at the Nzoia Sugar Complex grounds, the First Lady said President Kenyatta wants more women empowered to access more leadership opportunities and resources.
“He (President Kenyatta) wants more women to be financially independent so that you can have better control of life, of your children’s future, of your family’s future”, she said.
She said empowered women are the solution towards ending poverty in Kenya.
The First Lady asked the women from Western Kenya to vote for President Kenyatta in repeat presidential election.
“Your vote is important. Your vote counts and Uhuru and I will continue to express our deepest gratitude for your support”, she said.
The meeting which was organized by the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) was on a return visit to Western Kenya. The First Lady addressed a similar meeting in Kakamega on July 29, ahead of the August polls.
In all her tours of duty across the country, said the First Lady, she had heard encouraging stories and testimonies about how more women have access to better health care services, better opportunities to economic participation and access to finances through loans and saccos which have greatly uplifted the livelihoods of many women.
“It has been encouraging because those are stories that give me energy to continue my work – because women give so much of themselves to fend for their children – they sacrifice so much for the sake of their families ”, she said during the 18th MYWO meeting that she has addressed since June.
Through their leaders, the women said they will support President Kenyatta during the October 26 presidential elections.
The meeting included MYWO national chairperson Rahab Mwikali Muiu, National Secretary Elizabeth Maiyeka, former Senator Zipporah Kittony, Prof. Wakhungu , Ahadi Kenya Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stanley Kamau and MYWO County representatives.
The First Lady also joined school girls to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child.
The girls from St Lukes Kabubero Secondary and their colleagues from Sio Primary Schools welcomed the First Lady at SKIP a Lunch Initiative offices in Marel Centre, outside Bungoma town, where she distributed locally made sanitary towels to the learners.
By Okuku and PSCU.