A sub-clan of the larger Abduwak clan in Garissa County has made history by endorsing a woman to vie for senatorial seat in the next polls.
The Rer Kassim sub clan endorsed Khatra Iman, a nominated Ward Representative, to vie for the seat currently held by Yusuf Haji.
In North Eastern region, clans play an integral role in endorsing aspirants, who in most cases win.
Diriye Bundid an elder from the sub clan said they picked Khatra because of her experience in leadership as a nominated Member of the County Assembly (MCA), adding that they will vigorously campaign for the nominated MCA to ensure that she captures the seat.
“Since she was nominated, Khatra has come out strongly to defend the rights of not only women but to all to better the lives of Garissa residents,” said Bundid.
According to Bundid, the sub clan is aware that competition, especially from her male counterparts, will be tough and rough.
On her part, Khatra welcomed the trust the elders bestowed on her, saying the journey to clinch the seat ‘had just started’.
“I’m not taking the endorsement for granted. The fact that our respected elders picked me for the high seat shows that women have come of age and can face their male counterparts at the ballot,” she said after the endorsement.
“I want to urge Kenyans across the country to give women the chance to lead. I have been inspired by my sister and Ijara lawmaker Sophia Abdi Noor who successfully vied for the seat.”
Sophia made history when she became the first woman to be elected MP in Northern Kenya.
Khatra said historically women have been marginalized and their chance to vie and win elective seats lie with the passing of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and urged residents to back the document.
Khatra was categorical that the constitutional changes would benefit marginalized groups.
Among the recommendations contained in the BBI, women aspirants who garner the most votes on the ballot will be given first priority at the county assembly, the National Assembly and the Senate for nomination.