Leaders condemn violence against women aspirants

Human Rights organizations have condemned the spate of violence against women political aspirants, terming them regressive and unfortunate.

The organizations, Ripples International, Kenya National Human Rights Commission, Federation of Women Lawyers and Youth Agenda called for respect towards women aspirants. They condemned electoral and other forms of violence that may deter women from participating in the upcoming political parties primaries.

The leaders held a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi on 7th of April where they were joined by women aspirants who lamented at increasing cases of violence against them and fellow women in the campaign trail.

Eunice Wambui, who is eyeing Embakasi South Parliamentary seat said she was attacked by a group of rowdy youths three months ago when she went to campaign at Mukuru Kwa Reuben. “I was hit by a piece of wood with traces of nails. My car was smashed and the windows broken,” she affirmed.

The demonstrators marched from Makaburini area near Nairobi’s Nyayo Stadium to the 7th August Memorial Park.

Youth Agenda Chief Executive Susan Mwongera said men must shun violence to level the political playground so that women can aggressively seek elective seats.

Political Parties will be holding their nominations between April 12th and April 26th, the last day they are to submit candidates to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Kenyans go to the polls on August 8, 2017.

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