Azimio la Umoja and Kenya Kwanza bipartisan talks are set to kick off on Wednesday, August 9 with the aim of ending the current political stalemate.
The stakes are high for the two sides, with President William Ruto’s camp and that of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga maintaining hardline positions.
However, at the center of these talks are representatives of Ruto and Odinga, who add up to a team of ten politicians.
In a country where gender parity remains elusive, three women made to the high table of bipartisan talks. Who are these women are and why do they stand tall among their peers?
The Kenya Kwanza wing has Kimani Ichung’wah, Aaron Cheruiyot, Cecily Mbarire, Hassan Omar and Catherine Wambilianga.
On the other hand, Azimio settled on Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Opiyo Wandayi, Okong’o Omogeni, Eugene Wamalwa and Amina Mnyazi.
Governor Cecily Mbarire
Cecily Mbarire is the second governor of Embu County after succeeding Martin Wambora who served for two terms from 2013.
Previously she was a nominated Member of Parliament under the Jubilee Party to represent special interests in the National Assembly from 2017 to 2022.
Furthermore, Cecily Mbarire was an MP for Runyenjes Constituency in Embu County, from 2007 until 2017 after beating martin Nyaga Wambora in 2007 on a PNU ticket.
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Moreover, from 2013 to today she is the Chairperson of the Kenya Women’s Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA).
From 2002-March to 2013 she was the Secretary of the Kenya Women’s Parliamentary Association.
Also, Mbarire is in bipartisan talks as the chairperson of the United Democratic Alliance – UDA, President Ruto’s party.
Catherine Wambilianga is the Woman Representative for Bungoma County having retaine the seat in the 2022 polls.
Additionally, she is a member of the Departmental Committee on Education, Research & Technology and Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare in the 13th parliament.
In 2011, she was elected as National Secretary for Gender Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
Also, she was an executive member of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) and a skilled negotiator of CBA In the Trade Union Movement.
Malindi MP Amina Mnyazi
Amina Laura Mnyazi is a Member of National Assembly for Malindi Constituency in Kilifi County Kenya.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Edith Cowan University.
Furthermore, she holds a master’s in political science and a diploma in business management.
Her daily motivation is “my tireless energy, commitment to give back to the community and my inspiration to daily touch and transform lives keeps me moving.”
Mnyazi was among Azimio politicians that police arrested during anti-government protests.
Others were Senate and National Assembly Minority leaders Stewart Madzayo and Opiyo Wandayi and Ken Chonga.