Women and youth have been urged to ready themselves for the Jubilee Party national elections to be held early next year.
Speaking in Nyandarua and Naivasha, women leaders associated to Inua Mama Jenga Taifa initiative said the party leadership composition was wanting and should be overhauled.
The women leaders said the leadership was in dire need of restructuring to ensure the rightful leaders take over office.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome said some in the Jubilee leadership are dishonest, and their only aim is to fight Deputy President William Ruto.
“We won’t allow the party to be destroyed as we watch. As women, we want the rightful leaders to run the party” she said.
Wahome said women leaders would continue to visit different parts of the country to empower women economically.
“We will go for top seats during the party elections, including the National chairperson and secretary-general positions. We urge women and youth to go for all available positions right from the grassroots, “added Wahome.
Uasin Gishu MP Gladys Shollei said the party should be reorganised so that all members feel equally represented
“Women and youth are the majority in Kenya; we want you to unite for the Jubilee party grassroots elections next year,” Shollei said.
She urged Kenyans to reject referendum calls since those agitating for the changes were ego centered and merely interested in advancing their own agenda
“We totally refuse the referendum call. You should be worried if someone tells you they want it,” she said.
Shollei noted that a referendum would over burden Kenyans who were already suffering from economic hardships.
Laikipia MP Cate Waruguru said it was time women and youth realised the importance of being in political party leadership.
Waruguru decried the rise in cases of suicide among the youth, saying unemployment and other economic woes were to blame.
She called on the National and county governments to fairly distribute resources and contracts to women and youth at the grassroots.
Nyandarua MP Faith Gitau said those purporting to be in Government “while they are in opposition” were only out to destabilise the Jubilee Party.
She, however, told them that they would not succeed
Naivasha MP Jane Kihara said women were fully behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto.
She called on Kenyans to support Dr Ruto to succeed President Kenyatta due to his development record.
Other legislators at the two functions were Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo Marakwet), Anab Gure (Garissa), Joyce Emanikor (Turkana), Rehema Jaldesa (Isiolo), Charity Kathambi (Njoro) and Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot).
Others were MPs Soipan Tuya (Narok), Rahab Mukami (Nyeri),
Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Janet Nangambo (Trans Nzioa), Haika Mizighi (Taita-Taveta).
Also present Florence Jematia East Africa Legislative Assembly, Joyce Korir (Bomet), Liza Chelule (Nakuru), Janet Sitienei (Turbo), Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma), Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Naomi Wako (Nominated Senator), Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga), Halima Muceke (Nominated MP), Rehema Hassan(Tana river)Mary Seneta (nominated), Florence Bore (Kericho), Christine Zawadi (nominated).
Latest to join the group was Gilgil Mp Martha Wangari
During the functions at Ol Kalao (Nyandarua) and Naivasha (Nakuru) counties, the women leaders gave cheques to several women and youth groups.
They also received equipment for self-help projects, including cooking gas cylinders, food trollies, sport equipment, utensils, hair and beauty kits, water tanks and licences for bodaboda operators.