Photo|Courtesy: Raila Odinga's past swearing-in as People's President
Since the country gained independence from colonial administrators in 1963, Kenya has never been blessed with a female Head of State. There have been heated debates about having a female President in Kenya just like its neighboring country Tanzania. Africa in general has produced very few female Presidents. The first female President within the continent was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia.
Kenya has only produced male presidents including the country's founding father the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. He was succeeded by his Vice President the late Daniel Arap Moi then came Mwai Kibaki and then the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, tables may turn after the establishment of the national and global women 's empowerment movement.
The country should begin anticipating for a series of female presidents in the near future. This was evident by Martha Karua's move when she ran for Presidency on the NARC Kenya party ticket in the 2013, becoming the first woman in the country to run for the top office. Things however did not turn out to her advantage as she never succeeded in the tight race to State House.
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Millie Grace Akoth Odhiambo Mabona, a renowned and outspoken female politician, has now come out in public and revealed her aspirations and intentions of becoming the country's first female President. She is popular for fighting for the right of women. Hon. Millie is the current Member of Parliament for Mbita Constituency, Homabay County.
According to the reports by Kenyans.co.ke News, the vocal legislator said that she is prepared to compete for the top seat with other key politicians and lead Kenya as President. She however said that this will happen after the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga become president.
“I will be Kenya's first woman president after Raila Amollo Odinga's term as our next President,” Millie said, as quoted by Kenyans.co.ke News.
This is a tremendous confidence from Millie and it is a wonderful idea to have a female President leading the country. With her able leadership and presidency, Kenya would be the second country in Eastern Africa, after Tanzania, to produce a female President. Tanzanian President Samia Hassan Suluhu has proven that this dream is also possible for Kenya.
What are your thoughts about Millicent's remarks? Would you vote for her as the first female President? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the comment section below.
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