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Women of steel: 4 Women who may make or break the 2022 contest for DP Ruto

With political temperatures rising, fanned by the BBI Report, 4 women have emerged as key determinants in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The leaders have a strong appeal that cuts across the nation and have cemented their place in history, with political following that anyone keen on succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta cannot ignore.
Anne Waiguru

The Kirinyaga Governor has emerged as a powerhouse in Mount Kenya politics with her influence stretching beyond the county she heads.

She was at one point touted as a possible running mate to Deputy President William Ruto before they fell out as Waiguru opted to join Uhuru Kenyatta’s side of Jubilee that is keen on the Big 4 Agenda and the BBI, dumping the Tanga Tanga outfit.

Marth Karua

The astute former Gichugu lawmaker has earned her place right at the center of Kenya’s politics.

In the absence of a substantive opposition following the handshake, Karua has been on the frontline championing the interests of common citizens and holding the government of the day to account.

She has never been shy in rebuking President Uhuru Kenyatta and most recently took a firm stand opposing the BBI initiative.
Her political experience and following would be an asset to anyone keen on succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Charity Ngilu

The Kitui governor is an asset to any camp that she will choose to be in, with influence stretching beyond Kitui County where she proved her worth by trouncing Wiper Democratic Movement’s Dr. Julius Makau Malombe.

Although Kalonzo Musyoka has for a long time been considered the undisputed king of Ukambani politics, Ngilu has consistently chipped away the influence as was the case when she supported President Uhuru Kenyatta and campaigned for him in the region at a time when Kalonzo was in CORD (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy).

Esther Passaris

The soft-spoken but vocal Nairobi County Woman Representative is a seasoned politician with influence across the nation.

Her influence and political appeal in cosmopolitan Nairobi that has millions of votes make her an asset for any candidate keen on winning the 2022 elections.

Her ability to articulate issues and connect with voters is something that her competitors can only admire.

With a robust grassroots system and several initiatives that have impacted positively on the lives of Nairobians, Passaris has entrenched her place in the 2022 matrix.

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Written by Fred Orido

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