Soipan guns for gubernatorial seat

Narok Woman Rep Soipan Tuya addresisng Journalists in Narok town recently. Photo By Ben Leshau

By Ben Leshau

Woman representative Soipan Tuya has declared her interest for the Narok gubernatorial seat vowing to become the first Maasai female governor.

She joins a long list of male aspirants who had already publicly declared that they will be seeking to replace Governor Samuel Tunai.

The county MP is banking on her development record in the utilization of the ‘meager’ National Government Affirmative Action Funds (NGAAF).

“The position of Woman Reps is abolished in the BBI Bill and in the event it passes, I will be going for the county’s top seat
because I have had overwhelming support from youth and women,”vowed Tuya.

The second term legislator who is an advocate of the High Court, said the ‘little’ NGAAF funds have made huge
impact on the lives of the special interest groups such as youth, women and persons living with disabilities.

She was speaking at Duka Moja in Narok East constituency where she donated sanitary pads to various girls’ secondary schools and cheques to women and youth groups.

Soipan expressed confidence, saying she has what it takes and the capacity to run the affairs of Narok County.

The affirmative action funds patron pointed out that she has served as a women representative for 10 years stating that women and orphans who are beneficiaries will face challenges after the women rep post is scrapped.

Soipan stated categorically that the BBI Bill will force women representatives to compete for elective posts in the senate and other top jobs.

 The women leader exuded confidence that she has delivered services under her capacity as a woman rep in Narok county and calling on electorate to support her bid for governor. Soipan promised to serve electorate transparently regardless of their tribe and clans.

Others who have expressed interest to succeed Tunai include Labour CAS Patrick Ntutu, Devolution PS Charles Sunkuli, his brother Andrew Sunkuli.

Others include MPs Korei Lemein (Narok South), his Narok West counterpart Gabriel Tongoyo and former county staff and long serving county clerk Stephen Koriata.

Soipan will be the first woman to go for the governor’s seat that has always been a preserve for men in the Maasai community.

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