Kajiado East Member of Parliament Peris Tobiko depicted by numerous individuals as 'Kajiado Iron lady' has capitalized on different circumstances termed as defiance to scale up diverse political ladders in the country.
Her act of dissent was re-ignited after a public drama with her husband Kishanto Ole Suuji who blamed her for hosting Deputy President William Ruto without her authorization. To demonstrate her rebelliousness, Tobiko clarified that she can't be halted nor cowed to drop her desire to run for Kajiado Governor.
"I'm not a coward, some family members were called to address the press that they didn't know about the meeting," she said on Friday.
"I settled on a choice and won't be halted. I need to work for people of Kajiado," she said.
That instance was just however a tip of iceberg.
Her act of resistance began back at home. She dismissed a few endeavors by her dad to wed her off at 13 years old and 18. She stood her ground by persuading her father to permit her to proceed with her schooling. What's more, to be sure her act of rebellion paid off, she presently holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters degree also in Political science from the University of Nairobi.
Her decision to venture into politics was additionally marred by considerably more instances of resistance. In 2013 she was historically elected into parliament.
The Maasai elders were so much against any irritated by her victory. She openly opposed the warning that made them cast a spell on her political ambitions. They contended that she conflicted with the man patriarchal norms of the Maasai people community. However, 8 years down the line, she is as yet kicking and ascending on the political caliber.
In 2017 she even got re-elected on a Jubilee ticket beating a few different men who were contesting.Also, presently, her next political move has even created a greater rift with her elder brother, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko. CS Tobiko doesn't associate well with the DP and is part for the major luminaries in Maasai land who have pledged to support Raila succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.
At first, they were on a similar handshake bandwagon before Peris made a U-turn promising her loyalty to United Democratic Alliance (UDA) associated with Ruto.
The CS has collaborated with Kajiado Governor Joseph Lenku to fight off UDA, however with Peris' takeoff, their main goal is some way or another punctured.
"You know me well, I can never walk along with my brother Lenku we are like water and petroleum and I will be contesting for governorship on a different party," she as of late announced.
Before even she decamped to join Jubilee in 2012 then known as The National Alliance (TNA) she had been groomed by Raila who assisted her with enduring the Maa people group political storm. However, she actually deserted and openly defying the former Prime Minister.
In Jubilee, she was so close to President Uhuru. Her decision to join UDA will likely break their bond.
Despite challenges, still, another wave attempting to stop her gubernatorial bid has arisen. Her opponents have capitalized on the fact that her husband comes from Narok and told her to seek for leadership in her husband’s home county.
She has been labeled as an outsider. At first, particularly in 2017, she defied the odds and utilized the foreigner tag to outsmart her rivals. However, presently, the big question remains, 'will she actually ride on defiance to break every one of the barriers and unseat Governor Ole Lenku in the 2022 General elections or will her political empire go down rambling?'
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