Kenya Elects First Female Governor

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As the uncertainty over Kenya’s presidential election results continue following claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga that the electoral body’s database was hacked, one woman is on her way to making history.
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With more than 95% of results counted by Kenya’s electoral commission, former cabinet minister Anne Waiguru is poised to become the first-ever elected woman governor in Kenya, in the central county of Kirinyaga.
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Her priorities are improving infrastructure, healthcare, and ensuring that farmers get a good return for their labour. Ms Waiguru said running in an all-male field was a challenge. She said it affects other areas of a candidate’s personal life:
But ultimately Ms Waiguru says she believes the struggles have been worth it
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“It’s exciting! God vindicates. For those who don’t believe, there is a God… I will not cheat you. It is so tough! No wonder women don’t stand. I came very close to quitting.”
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“For women, people get personal…they go to a place where I think they shouldn’t go. They brought my children into it.”
You see the strain on the family, and financially it’s unbelievable.”
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“We’ve broken the ceiling. We hope our daughters will be brave enough to step out.”

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