ODM Women Rep. Candidate in Trans Nzoia Pleads With Residents to Maintain Peace Before and After Elections

ODM Trans Nzoia County Women Representative Candidate Naomi Kemunto Okul urged residents of the cosmopolitan county to keep peace during and after 9th August election

Mrs Okul advised the youths not to be swayed into divisive politics by rogue politicians saying that they should learn to say no and be peace advocates before and after the elections

By David Musundi in Kitale

Trans Nzoia County ODM party Women Representative candidate Naomi Kemunto Okul has called for political tolerance ahead of the 9th August 2022 general elections.

Mrs Okul observed that by accommodating divergent opinions from political leaders who are campaigning for various elective positions, residents would be in a position to make informed decisions.

She advised the youths not to be swayed into divisive politics by rogue politicians saying they should learn to say no and be peace advocates before and after the elections. “The country has experienced violence during past elections and therefore there is a need to be extra cautious and weed out anything that might stir up animosity amongst people and endeavour to guard our peace jealously,” she said.

She warned that the political differences exhibited by politicians during the campaign period should not be taken personal saying that Kenyans ought to live in peace at all times. Okul spoke in Matisi in Saboti Sub Constituency in Trans Nzoia County when she met women, youths and persons living with disability in a bid to ask them to vote for her during the forthcoming elections. She promised to continue supporting women, youths and persons living with disabilities (PLWD) in the area and Trans Nzoia County at large.

Mrs Okul told The Weekly vision that she had joined the race only to serve for a short stint to pave way for many women whom she had helped mentor. ‘’As a hands-on leader, I will strive to serve the people of Trans Nzoia County for a period stipulated and then give space to other aspiring women leaders

The seat is currently held by Janet Wanyama Nangabo who is defending the seat as an Independent candidate after failing to get clearance from the Democratic Action Party DAP K ticket, instead, the certificate was given to Fanice Naliaka Khatundi. Former County CEC for Public Service Management Susan Murumba is vying through President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party. Former National Cereals and Produce Board Director Eunice Karanja is competing on the service party ticket TSP of former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

Mrs Okul told The Weekly vision that she had joined the race only to serve for a short stint to pave way for many women whom she had helped mentor. ‘’As a hands-on leader, I will strive to serve the people of Trans Nzoia County for a period stipulated and then give space to other aspiring women leaders. I don’t intend to hold onto the seat for long, others must be allowed to taste it also’’, she said. She challenged other candidates in the Azimio – One Kenya to shelve their bid for her to balance the equation and then give space to other aspiring women leaders.

“We must sober ourselves up and desist from this political lust for everything. I suggest that those who are young support me as we ask the incoming governor George Natembeya to appoint them to his cabinet’’, she said. Business Woman Lilian Chebet Siyoi is vying through Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party. Dr Susan Nakumicha is competing through the Ford Kenya party ticket. Okul credits herself for mentoring young women who found themselves nominated to the former defunct Kitale Municipal Council and Nzoia County assembly respectively. “I mentored many women including Margaret Odembo who was my tailor then, in Kitale town and assisted her in being nominated as a councillor.

Leadership is all about letting those you feel are capable get a chance,” she said. Tribe and party are some of the factors likely to influence the outcome. The Bukusu community has a numerical advantage. Dr Nakhumicha is vying for the second time on the Simba Party. “I’m in this race to win against all odds, nothing is going to stop me from winning,” she said. The youthful doctor enjoys the support of her Ford Kenya party. 

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