Widow's succession is a political practice prominent in some countries in the early part of the 20th century, by which a politician who died in office was directly succeeded by his widow, either through election or direct appointment to the seat.Many of the earliest women to hold political office in the modern era attained their positions through this practice.
In Kenya ,though not common, we have a few women who replaced Their husbands after their deaths through a by Election Election.Here is the list.
She is the wife of the late Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze.Upon clinching wiper party ticket in nominations,she went ahead to win his late husbands seat with a landslide.
Edith beat her rivals after garnering 14,372 votes against his rivals,Dennis Muli Mulwa, an independent candidate 2,046 votes and Nairobi businessman Robert Mutiso Lelli of Narc-Kenya came in third with 1,784 votes.
Hon Beatrice Kones
She is the wife of the late Mp and assistant minister Kilkalya Kones.Beatrice Succeeded her husband as the Mp for Bomet Parliamentary seat in 2008 in a by-election.Her husband died in a plane crash in Narok.
Other women tried who to succeed their husbands,but were never successful are like the current Kiambu Deputy governor Joyce Wanjiku Ngugi, after the death of her husband, she expressed her intention to succeed him on a TNA ticket but was defeated at the nomination by incumbent Moses Kuria.She later dropped out of the race in 2017 after announcing her independent candidature.
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