Dozens of women have successfully battled out in the male dominated political murky waters contesting for various seats in the just concluded General Elections.
On the interim, thirty women have so far been elected for the various elective political seats.
Majority have emerged victorious in different elective positions such as gubernatorial, senatorial and parliamentary seats.
So far, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared Kirinya governor Anne Waiguru as the winner making her the fisrt female governor to successfully defended her seat o while Gladys Wanga trounced her arch rival Evans Kidero to become the first ever woman governor in Nyanza region.
Waiguru has garnered 113,088 votes against her closest rival Wanguio Ngirici’s 105,677 votes.
On the other hand, Wanga was voted in overwhelmingly with 244,559 votes against Kidero’s 154,182 votes.
In Kisumu, Rosa Buyu was voted in as Kisumu West legislator.
She garnered 39,658 votes against incumbent Olago Aluoch, who has served the Kisumu West electorate for the past 15 years.
Phyllis Bartoo, who vied on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, is now the MP-elect for Moiben Constituency. She will replace Silas Kipkoech, who has served for two terms.
Another victorious win was for Agnes Pareiyo, who floored six men to become the MP- elect for Narok North, which had about 88,000 elected voters. Pareiyo, a crusader against female genital mutilation (FGM) crusader, becomes the first woman to clinch that position.
Just like her Kajiado East counterpart, Peris Tobiko triumphed despite being “cursed” at one time by Maasai elders after she was elected MP in 2013. She has been in the race three times.
Both Obara and Gogo will be serving malicious propaganda that “it was not familiar for women to lead men.”
” I thank the people of Narok North for electing me as first woman member of parliament, I shall forever remain indebted to you,” said Pareiyo.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) women who have retained their seats are Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo, Eve Obara ( Kabondo Kasipul) and Lilian Goro ( Rangwe).
Millie Odhiambo was re-elected after garnering 27, 130 votes against James Akali who got 18,151 votes. Goro beat her opponents and emerged the winner with 22,095 votes.
Both Obara and Goro will be serving their second term as MP’s while Millie be in her theirs term.
Preliminary results from the sub-counties are showing Senator Kihika of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket has so far won seven out of 11 counties, relegating Governor Lee Kinyanjui to second position. She garnered 39, 878 votes in Kuresoi North against Kinyanjui’s 7,760, and 46,503 in Kuresoi South against his 2,666.
In Molo, Kihika garnered 28, 267 votes while Kinyanjui got 18, 605. The outspoken Kihika, who is the daughter of the late Molo and Nakuru MP Dicksson Kihika Kimani, also won in Gilgil (39, 303), and Subukia (29,111), against Kinyanjui’s 8, 151.
A similar scenario was replicated in Njoro where Kihika garnered 39, 230 while Kinyanjui got 22, 996.
During the campaigns, Kihika popularised the slogan: “The future is female.”
Other women who triumphed against a male dominated filed include Charity Kathambi (Njoro), Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Jane Kihara (Naivasha), Irene Njoki (Bahati) and Tabitha Karanja (Senator).
Susan Kiamba under wiper Ticket has is now the elected Makueni MP. Irene Njoki under Jubilee party is now the elect Mp in Bahati. Amina Mnyanzi who was vying under ODM ticket is now the elect MP Malindi.
Beatrice Elachi under ODM ticket has taken over the MP seat in Dagoreti North. While Alice Wahome is now the elect MP in Kandara.
Kitui West now has Edith Nyenze as the elected MP. Kitui south incoming MP is Rachael Nyamai vied under Jubilee party. and Mary Wamaua is the incoming Muragua Mp who was vying under UDA.
A new comer, Njoki walloped veteran politi- cian Kimani Ngunjiri (Jubilee Party).
On the other hand, in Aldai constituency Marianne Kittany overcame stiff competition from four men who were vying for the same position. Kittany yesterday was basking in glory after garnering 42,015 votes and beat the incumbent Cornely Serum.
She becomes the second female MP to represent Aldai Constituency.
” I thank the people of Aldai for trusting me, I promise I won’t let them down,” she added.
Outgoing Women Representative Ruweida Obbo won the hotly contested Lamu East MP seat.
“My tenure will mark a shift in how education, health and infrastructures concerns,” she added.
Others who took over this positions are Mary Emase Teso for South MP. Naisula lesuuda retainers her Samburu west parliamentary seat. Jessica Mbalu also retained her Kibwezi East Parliamentary seat. Sarah Korere in Laikipia, Agnes Nyenze in Kitui West, Lillian Gogo retained her Rangwe seat, In Aldai constituency, Martha Wangari in Gilgil, Gathoni Wamuchomba in Githunguri and Rachel Nyamai of Kitui South who retained their seats.
Meanwhile, a first-timer, Irene Njoki, trounced veteran politician Kimani Ngunjiri. Wanjiku Muhia, who served as the Nyandarua Woman Representative in the eleventh Parliament, won the Kipipiri parliamentary seat, beating veteran Amos Kimunya, while Jane Kihara maintained her Naivasha seat.
The twelfth Parliament had 22 women elected as MPs, but the numbers could rise in the incoming session.