Despite the acrimonious fight for the top seat, the presidential seat, there is much to be celebrated especially the smooth voting process and surprising results. In the last election in 2013, not a single woman was voted as a senator or governor seat in the country, but 2017 has enabled women to break that ceiling. Three women each have clinched gubernatorial and senatorial seats. It may look just 7% but owing to the stiff competition, the money and violence involved, it is worth celebrating these modest gains.
Another surprise came from Nandi County where for the first time since independence a woman has won a parliamentary seat. From a society that is highly patriarchal with a minimal voice or opportunities for women, this is a milestone. Every girl growing up in Nandi can now dream of becoming a parliamentarian something they would never have imagined just a week ago.
Cook, mechanic and watchman fly high in local elections. One of them won the residents hearts by his humility as he campaigned using a handcart while his opponents had a luxurious fleet of cars. A 23 year old from Kisii has been elected an MP. He graduated from university this year, so this will be his first employment job. He went around on bicycle and had no posters, save for those he drafted himself. These stories, despite being so small, are very significant in a political context that is controlled by money, power and intimidation. This is a sign of hope that people are able to determine their future without any cultural, social or economic limitations and pray that these surprises will be the norm rather than the exception!
Philip Adede Amek mhm