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WOMEN GOVERNORS MEET DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AS THEY BEGIN 5-YEAR TENURE

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The Council of Governors on Monday, 26th September 2022 convened a meet-and-greet breakfast meeting with development partners and the 7 newly elected women Governors. The breakfast meeting provided a platform for the women Governors and development partners to interact and explore possible areas of partnership and collaboration.
Kenya, has for the first time in history, attained the highest number of women Governors since the inception of devolved governance in 2013. This is a significant improvement compared to the 2017 General Elections when 3 women were elected as Governors. The seven newly elected female Governors are: H.E. Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga County); H.E. Susan Kihika (Nakuru County); H.E. Gladys Wanga (Homabay County); H.E. Cecily Mbarire (Embu County); H.E. Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos County); H.E. Fatuma Achani (Kwale County); and H.E. Kawira Mwangaza (Meru County). While the two–thirds gender principle remains elusive, the increase in the number of women in gubernatorial positions is definitely a step in the right direction and a testament of the confidence that the Kenyan electorate have in women’s ability to lead.
CoG Chair H. E. Anne Waiguru highlighted that the meeting came at an opportune time when the women Governors were beginning their five-year tenure and would be instrumental in enabling them to learn, network, and share experiences for better execution of their mandates.
“We appreciate the continued support from all the development partners present here today and look forward to enhanced collaboration and cooperation as we seek to actualize the visions that we hold for our Counties and Nation,” added H.E. Anne Waiguru.
Council of Governors CEO Ms. Mary Mwiti further noted the need for intentional, strategic and systematic approaches in supporting excellence in governance and service delivery at the County level.
“We hope that these interactions will forge strategic partnerships that will guarantee equitable and sustainable development and empowerment of all women and girls, men and boys,” she said.
The 7 female Governors highlighted key priority areas that required urgent support in order to spur growth and socio-economic development in their Counties. These include women and youth empowerment, agriculture, water and sanitation, Universal Health Care (UHC), child protection and development, food and security, climate change and blue economy among others.
While commending the 7 women Governors for their win in the 9th August 2022 polls, the EU Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Henriette Geiger noted that women leaders are held to higher standards in comparison to their male counterparts and are generally viewed with a more critical eye.
“We commit to support all the women Governors in effectively delivering their mandates. Together, we will overcome the challenges hampering the successful implementation of devolution and strive to improve the lives of the Kenyan people,” she added.
US Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Meg Whitman expressed the great interest of her government in supporting Counties’ development through different projects. She highlighted the cordial relations, longstanding mutual interest, cooperation, and enduring partnership between Kenya and the US.
The meeting resolved that both development partners and women Governors would work hand in hand to deliver on the promise of devolution.

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