Radio presenter Maina Kageni has decided to face off with ODM’s Esther Passaris and Jubilee’s Rachel Shebesh for the Nairobi Women Representative seat.
The Classic 105 presenter has defied the contrary belief that Women Rep seats are preserved for women only.
Maina announced his candidature and provided evidence showing that he had been cleared by registrar of political parties and IEBC to vie for the seat as an independent candidate.
Maina’s party symbol is one that seems to be close to many Nairobi women’s heart, A WIG! Maina has asked Nairobi voters to look for the wig symbol when they cast their ballots come August 8th.
“If there is something that represents a good beautiful woman of Nairobi, it has got to be this (referring to the wig)” Maina said
“My fellow Kenyans I wanna thank you so so much for the faith you had in me, for more than 10 years I have sat on air and addressed issues that regard women in Kenya. And it started as a joke and people kept saying “you need to run for women representative” and initially I didn’t take them seriously but I realized the demand was real. So after much thought, after much consideration and consultation with Nairobi’s women, with the electorates and with supporters of Classic 105, I decided that this is the time to make a move. If we stay where we are we will never make a difference. And so I initially began the process of being able to be sure that am gonna be on the ballot. And the first place I went to was the registrar of political parties who dully issued this certificate to me as an independent candidate,” he said.
The presenter explained that he chose to vie for Nairobi Women Rep seat because his audience on radio pushed him to vie for that particular seat.
AUTHOR: ANNETTE AMONDI