Two former mayors from Voi are among those challenging Joyce Lay as Taita –Taveta Women Rep.
Pricillah Mwangeka who served as Voi mayor for ten years says she is determined to wrestle with Lay for the women’s seat in the county given her leadership record while serving as mayor.
“I have had a lot of interaction with women in the county during my years as a civic leader and I want to use that experience to address women issues and general development matters in Taita- Taveta,” said Mwangeka.
She says though the seat is basically for women she will work with all leaders in the county for the overall socio-economic development in the area.
Mwangeka has also served as member in various boards including the ALGAK, where she represented the gender segment, as well as Kenya Urban Road Auntority(KURA) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority(KERRA).
Cord nominated MCA Hope Sanguli, who is also a former mayor of Voi, has also expressed interest in the women seat.
Others in the race to unseat Lay include nominated MCA representing persons with disability Rosina Kisochi, Mwageka’s niece janet Mwawasi and Anna Kina .
However this could be a bruising battle as Lay will use her fleeting achievements to stand her in good stead.
Among these include the introduction of table banking, which is the brainchild of Rachel Ruto, wife to deputy president William Ruto.
According to Lay the table banking initiative has so far attracted over 200 women groups in Taita-Taveta County with a membership of 2076 women.
“This is a major boost for women in the county who have been financially marginalized and unable to get economic empowerment due to lack of sound investment opportunities,” says Lay.
However Lay says one of the major challenges women leaders like herself have encountered in service delivery is lack of adequate development funds to undertake projects that will improve the livelihoods of the people especially marginalized and disadvantaged women.
“Women in Taita-Taveta County are not fully empowered to undertake major developments from multimillion tenders and are still engaged in small businesses like selling vegetables, eggs, second hand clothes and other businesses with low returns,” says Lay.
Women in Taita-Taveta County are not fully empowered to undertake major developments from multimillion tenders and are still engaged in small businesses like selling vegetables, eggs, second hand clothes and other businesses with low returns.