Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Prominent women leaders who served under the late President Daniel Moi visited his family at Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi where they condoled with the family. The delegation of women leaders, popularly referred to as “Trailblazers” in the women’s movement, were led by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service and Gender, Prof. Margaret Kobia.
In their condolence message to the family the women leaders acknowledged the contribution the former President made in enhancing women’s rights in the country. They hailed the former President for opening space for women to participate in leadership and decision-making at a time when patriarchy was the norm. They noted that during the Moi era, the Third Women’s Global Conference was successfully hosted in Kenya ushering in a national agenda of women’s empowerment and participation in all spheres of national development.
They accredited the Former President for appointing the first woman into Cabinet in 1995 in the person of Honorable Nyiva Mwendwa. “Many other women were appointed to positions of leadership as Assistant ministers and as board members in public institutions,” Prof. Kobia said.
The women leaders acknowledged the former Head of State for spearheading the establishment of numerous girls’ schools across the Country and for championing women economic empowerment through women-friendly policies and programs. “Women of this country shall treasure the immense support that the former President gave especially to marginalized rural women through women networks such as Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization which transformed life for women and their families in the rural areas,” Mama Phoebe Asiyo added.
They described the former president as a patriot who continued to build national cohesion through his call for Peace, Love and Unity. “As mothers of the nation, we cherish these values and embrace them as important principles for our national ethos,” added the women leaders.
The delegation consisted of women leaders who served during the administration of the late President, among them Mama Phoebe Asiyo, Hon. Zipporah Kittony, Hon. Nyiva Mwendwa, Prof. Leah Marangu, Dr. Jennifer Riria, Prof. Wanjiku Kabira and Rahab Muiu, among others.