DEPUTY Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is targeting the women vote as he campaigns for the presidency in the general election. The UDF presidential hopeful has said he wants to ensure that women aspirants in the party get 50 per cent representation in various political seats in the poll. "In UDF we want to have 50:50 ratio and hope with the support of majority of women in the country, we will carry the day in the first round," said Mudavadi in a statement.
He challenged Kenyans to help women get elective posts to avoid making politics costly. "We don't want to make politics costly by denying women elective posts at the ballot and end nominating them to abide by the constitution provisions of 2/3 gender representation," he added. The DPM said Kenyans have a chance to elect a leadership that will focus on developing the country by ensuring that the women and youth are an integral part of the governance for the sake of stability.
Mudavadi promised to streamline the disbursement of the women and youth funds to ensure that they benefit the recipients. "We must make the rules are friendly to the women and youth so that they are empowered as envisioned," he said. The DPM asked Kenyans to elect leaders who are nationalists with the interests of the common man at heart. "We cannot entrust the leadership of Kenya to a man or woman who cannot think beyond the interest of self, his family, tribe or cronies," he added.
Find the story in All Africa, published 23 July 2012.