Wednesday June 10, 2020 – Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs CS, Margaret Kobia, came under fire for defending Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru, who was impeached by the County Assembly on Tuesday.

In a statement to Kenyans, Kobia expressed her disappointment in the County Assembly, alleging that they did not value strong women leadership.

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

“This is an indicator that some of us do not value strong women leadership.”

“We are disappointed that the governor is being impeached during the fight against COVID-19 which is negatively impacting on social-economic development of the county,” Kobia stated.

Kobia highlighted that she supported the Common Women Agenda (COWA) adding that justice needed to be served.

It is this statement that did not bode well with a section of Kenyans who took to the comment section to express their views.

“Why didn’t you talk about it when Susan Kihika was ousted? Or Gender balancing applies to only one woman in Kenya? Only Waiguru?” Maureen asked.

“Where’s the correlation?” Ngrato inquired.

“Being born female is not a disability,” another weighed in.

“Some of you don’t seem to value the fight against corruption,” Tango stated.

“A “whole” CS telling people you can plunder the economy, dwell in corruption and master in impunity and incompetence but walk free,” Jeff Kims commented.

“Corruption doesn’t have gender. Bringing the gender card is unfortunate,” Isaac Kisa wrote.

23 out of 33 Members of the County Assembly voted for the removal of Waiguru while only six abstained.

Other leaders who have come to the defense of Waiguru include Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and Homa Bay Woman Rep, Gladys Wanga.


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