Courtesy Immaculate Shamalla.
Allow me to introduce a great young woman leader,From the county Assembly of Kakamega as our emerging African leader.
I asked her “What’s your story honourable?”, and she told me, “You know me, the Future Is Ours young women Leaders.” That got me interested and she went on saying that when empowered young women rise up together, they break isolation, build solidarity, and strengthen movements that challenge the prevalent social, economic and political barriers to their vision, voice, and agency. I looked at her with admiration and said, its time to pass the button to this great young female leaders in them our vision is crystal clear.
Her name is Lynda Aseyo Wamalwa she is a nominated Member of the County Assembly of Kakamega by the Amani National Congress party (ANC).
I did not get Myself in county assembly representing the women constituency via gender top up by default but it
is because of my work both at the party level and in the community. Just a singled out illustration for example I actively participated in the party primaries activities where I mobilised, recruited and registered members into the party. I personally went round the county encouraging them to be active members of the party. And in the long run, I helped mobilse them to vote for the favourite party aspirants during the primaries and most of the winners from the primaries were voted in during the last general election.
Still on politics, I actively participated in the 2017 general elections’ campaign for the party candidates and this where where my political skills were honed and my leadership passion was noticed while working with women. This nomination inspired me more to fight for women’s rights in leadership spaces. I have seen women living through the worst, the best, and the hardest conditions.Their courage to work, their confidence, and their willingness to fight keeps me going. I love to always champion for women’s rights and ensure matters of women are addressed and aired on the floor of the County Assembly during the Budget process.
As a young lady I joined politics in the full realization that equitable participation of women in public life is essential in building and sustaining strong, vibrant democracies. I harbour this belief that Women’s political participation results in tangible gains for democracies worldwide, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across political parties and ethnic lines, hence a more sustainable future.
In the County Assembly of Kakamega where am a member of the Budget and Appropriation Committee, I am always keen during budget making process and in the legislative process to strategically work across party lines, to ensure high sensitivity to my constituent concerns ( women and youths)
I encourage women, and youths to participate in democracy, governance and active politics through so that our prioritiies in health, education and other key development sectors are budgeted for plus conducive and well engendered policies are legislated.
It’s usually exciting, fulfilling but also challenging. For one to balance the needs and expectations of various categories of citizens comes with enormous challenges hence the push and pull in the County Assembly along party lines. Priorities of the Executive usually clash with those of the County Assembly but we must always put our best foot forward to do what we got to do for our people.
I know many will be asking what next for Lynda come 2022. Well, politics is my life because the positive impact women contribute in our political sphere is undeniable. Kofi Annan once noted, “study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity or to reduce child and maternal mortality if it’s opposed to women. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS if it’s anti-women. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education quality and access for the next generation minus women.” Further, as Madeleine Albright has stated before that, “The world is wasting a precious resource in the dramatic underrepresentation of women in leadership positions, often resulting in the exclusion of women’s talents and skills in political life.”
If not for any other reasons, these issues I have stated make me want to make politics my lifetime career.
Hon. Lynda Aseyo Wamalwa
Nominated MCA (ANC)