Wednesday June 10, 2020 – Gender Cabinet Secretary, Margaret Kobia, has been left with an egg on her face after she defended Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru.

This was after she was impeached on Tuesday.

During the morning session, 23 out of 33 Kirinyaga MCAs ousted Waiguru over what they termed as gross misconduct and violating the constitution.

However, on Wednesday, Kobia released a statement terming Waiguru’s impeachment as unfortunate and disappointing.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Anne Waiguru’s term is being cut short by an impeachment.”

“This is an indication that some of us do not value strong women leadership,” reads part of the statement.

She further questioned the timing of the impeachment motion saying that it comes at a period when the COVID19 pandemic is negatively affecting the socio-economic development of the country.

However, Kenyans could not agree with this statement and told the CS that Waiguru was not impeached because she is a woman but due to her incompetence.

Law Society of Kenya President, Nelson Havi, told Kobia that elected leaders are evaluated on their performance, not gender.

“Good morning Prof. The distinguished Governor was elected by popular vote; not affirmative action.”

“Elected leaders are evaluated on meritocracy and performance,” Havi said.


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