Women with political ambitions and who are being victimized by their respective political parties have been advised to vie as independent candidates.

According to a Kiambu County Woman Representative aspirant Jane Kamunge, political parties have been oppressing women contenders and denying them nomination in favour of male hopefuls.

She cited the recent case where nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro was denied to vie for the Ruaraka MP position by the ODM party in favour of a male counterpart who was given a direct nomination.

“Men are selfish at times and as much as we respect them, we must say that they are unfair to women as they always put their egoistic needs first and look down on women,” complained Kamunge, saying that the only option for such oppressed women is to vie as independent candidates.

Women with political ambitions and who are being victimized by their respective political parties have been advised to vie as independent candidates.

Jane Kamunge, who is vying for the Kiambu Women Representative’s seat, addressing the media. Picture by Joseph Ng’ang’a.

Speaking during a meet the people tour in Ruiru town Thursday Kamunge said that there was need to ensure everyone with a quest for leadership is given a chance to sell her agenda to the public and Kenyans given a chance to exercise their democratic right by voting the leaders of their choice.

Kamunge, who is vying as an independent candidate, has revealed that women experienced hardships while seeking political positions as men pelt insults, intimidation and threats to them thus leading to numerous women dropping from the race.

“As much as I love Jubilee, I saw that I would be a new entrant in the party and my chances would be very slim as there are those who feel they own the party. Therefore, I chose to be an independent candidate but I fully support our President Uhuru Kenyatta in his re-election bid,” explained Kamunge.

Kiambu County Woman Representative aspirant on a meet the people tour in Ruiru town. Picture by Joseph Ng’ang’a.

She, however, called for a peaceful Kenya during the nominations period, saying that Kenya is bigger than anyone. She said there should be political tolerance in the country during the electioneering year.

The aspirant also called upon the youths to resist leaders who use them and dump them after elections, saying they should be an important asset in the country rather than a tool for political heckling.