In the August 9 election, the battle has been drawn after five women threw hats in the ring in search of Kakamega’s next woman representative. The five include Elsie Muhanda (ODM), Naomi Shiyonga (DAPK), Hadija Nganyi (UDA), Connie Lusweti (ANC) and Penina Mukabane (Independent).

 Each of the five applicants is optimistic that they will win while continuing to campaign and sell the manifesto. Incumbent Muhanda began building the base shortly after the 2017 election. Muhanda holds a Bachelor of Education degree.

Naomi Shiyonga She left ODM and said the party would not provide a fair competition for all candidates who wanted to be nominated. Shiyonga is a medical professional with a degree in health records and information management and a master’s degree in health informatics. Commonly known as the “Mama Signal,” says that if she wins, she will create and expand business opportunities for the Kakamega people.

She said she would ensure that each fiscal year would be financially empowered through non-cash subsidies to SMEs. Hadija Nganyi who lost to Muhanda at the 2017 ODM Primary, states that her agenda is education, training and empowerment of young people and women. Since then, she has given up on ODM.  Meanwhile, Mukabane is a former health executive of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, moved from ANC to UDA, where she confronted Hadija Nganyi and decided to become independent after her defeat. Occupationally a teacher, Mukabane also agitates for the rights of women and girls and the rights of the vulnerable. She  holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Resource Management.

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