The appearance of Lieutenant Colonel Damaris Agnetta as the deputy Aide-de-Camp for Kenyan President William Ruto has been making headlines across the country. Clad in army fatigues, she stood by the President's side during the International Women's Day celebrations held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Her poised and professional demeanor has won her praise from many who have seen her in action.
ADC Damaris Agnetta standing behind President William Ruto while making his speech during the International Women's Day 2023 celebrations
While women serving in high-ranking military positions are not unheard of, the appointment of a woman as the President's ADC is a significant step towards gender equality in Kenya's armed forces. It is a testament to the progress made in breaking down gender barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Agnetta's appearance has also drawn comparisons to the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who famously had a female ADC and an all-female security team. However, it is important to note that Agnetta's appointment is not a novelty, but rather a recognition of her qualifications and capabilities.
The comments made on social media regarding Agnetta's appearance reflect the diversity of opinions on the subject. Some have praised her professionalism and suggested she replace the current ADC, while others have made inappropriate remarks about her appearance and personal life.
Regardless of the opinions expressed, Agnetta's appointment as the deputy Aide-de-Camp for the Kenyan President is a positive step towards greater gender diversity and representation in the country's armed forces. It is a reminder that women can excel in any field they choose and deserve to be recognized for their achievements based on their qualifications and capabilities, rather than their gender.
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