Women representation in key county leadership positions is still low four years since the onset of devolution, a recent research has revealed.
In many counties, key positions of governor, deputy governor, county secretary and the head of public service were occupied by men while women are left to handle lighter duties.
According to a research conducted by Dr Linda Musumba and Co Advocates late last year, powerful County executive positions like finance, roads, health and public works were given to men while women manned the positions of water, sports, youth and gender.
Speaking to The Informer during the launch of the research report yesterday, the law firm’s Principal Partner Linda Musumba said they opted to conduct the research to measure the rate of compliance of county assemblies and executives ahead of August 8 General Election.
She said that the firm toured 30 out of the 47 counties but received responses from 19 assemblies and 14 executive arms in regard to representation of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
Musumba said the form applied for the research clearance permit from the government after receiving many complaints from Kenyans in regards to how the two arms of county government are constituted.