Waiguru Crowned Head of Powerful Mt. Kenya Group

Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru was on Thursday, December 10 crowned the chief patron of a group of upcoming young women leaders from Mt Kenya region dubbed ‘Ari a ruriri’ (‘Daughters of the mountain’).

The event took place at her rural Kagio home in Kirinyaga county where she promised to use her newly acquired platform to mentor the group on leadership matters.

“Yesterday evening, I was honored to accept the request by Daughters of the Mountain to be their Chief Patron. I commit to support the network, mentor & handhold the young women to enable them contribute positively towards the social, economic & political advancement of our region.”

“It’s my belief, that as women leaders, when we shatter the glass ceiling, we must make room for those who come after us and create a chain reaction that empowers subsequent generations of girls and women,” Waiguru stated.

Waiguru admitted that regardless of the fierce political rival between her and Martha Karua, she still values and respects her as a woman of high repute.

She challenged women to stand by one another by learning how to draw a line between politics and personal affairs as each person has a right to express her political views.

“She is one of the pioneer women leaders in our country and she ought to be respected. You’ll never find me fighting a woman. Much as the political outcome in the tight gubernatorial race escalated into a tough court battle, I didn’t utter any word that would hurt or show any form of disrespect towards Martha Karua.”

“How men play politics is very different. They express their differences openly but behind the scenes, they are very great friends. That’s maturity, and we women leaders should learn from that. Let us not personalize our differences. Let us lift one another and always rush to defend one of our own when subjected to shame,” she said.

Waiguru also rallied the women to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) stating that it will help unite the country and bring inclusivity.

“The BBI will help tackle gender inequality that has not had a cure for a long time. It will ensure Mt Kenya region have a representative at the topmost leadership arm of the government which will thereafter translate into exponential growth in the entire region,” she added.

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