Raila responds to Waiguru’s passionate plea at Joyce Laboso’s funeral [Video]

We must face the issue head-on- Raila declares in response to Waiguru's plea

File image of Raila Odinga at Lee Funeral Home shortly after viewing the body of Governor Joyce Laboso on 29 July 2019

Former Prime minister Raila Odinga did not waste time in responding to a passionate plea made by Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru during the funerals service for the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso.

Waiguru who was among the speakers at the event pleaded with whoever will take over the Bomet gubernatorial seat from Laboso to settle on a woman as his Deputy.

“On behalf of our sister Joyce…your Excellency, we just want to request with your support and the DP’s support that in Bomet and in her honour that the governor who is taking over sees it in her honour to choose a lady deputy governor to honour our sister". Waiguru stated.

She admitted that due to the nature of politics, her request would be a tall order but will be a befitting honour for the deceased government who was a strong believer in women empowerment.

“I know it can be challenging, I know politics we are told that there are many considerations…I will push the request further and request that you get that leader in Joyce’s honour from Sotik.” Waiguru added.

Her request attracted a response from former Prime Minister who was among the dignitaries at the event.

“I see the lady governors coming here and passionately begging that the Deputy Governor (who will take over as the governor) should appoint a woman as his Deputy.”

“I thought that is taken for granted. That was not an issue really because a woman was a governor and a man was the deputy. Now when the woman governor has left the position, its automatic that woman will become the deputy governor. I don’t think that should be an issue.” Odinga remarked attracting an applause from the crowd.

He outlined the gender-based challenges and disadvantages that women face in the quest for leadership positions.

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He also defended decision to nominate women for various positions arguing that women are clearly disadvantaged and it is time for the country to address gender issues head-on.

The funeral service for the late governor is currently underway in Fort Ternan.

Laboso who was among the first three female governors passed on at a Nairobi Hospital after battling cancer for years.

Among the leaders who are present are President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Raila Odinga and a host of governors and elected leaders.

Below is the video of Anne Waiguru making her passionate request, courtesy of Citizen TV.

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