Saturday 21/04/2018 was a happy day for the Kitui County women after the launch of their own cooperative society limited an event held at Central primary school, Township Ward in Kitui town a function that was graced by the former Kitui County Deputy Governor Hon. Peninah Malonza.
Former Kitui DG decried the low turn up of the Kitui County elected leaders to the Kitui County Union Saving and Credit Cooperative Society Limited to discuss the way forward for the local residents economically.However, many locals from the area had turned up in large numbers for the function.
The event was attended by the incumbent Kitui County Senator Hon. Enoch Wambua among other leaders of the county.Many of the expected leaders from the county failed to show up in the event as was planned.The key cause of leaders absence in the function was attributed to the engagements of the leaders in their political life a reason that the DG rubbished.
The former DG confirmed that all the 9 female elected Deputy Governors all over Kenya who served in the office as the Deputy Governrnors between 2013-2017 got much assistance from the wife of the former senior Cabinet Minister during the reign of president Moi, Hon. Nicholas Biwott.Peninah thanked Mrs. Biwott for showing them the way forward on how to form and run their own SACCO’S which have so far enabled many venture into various business activities.She added that this was an important step towards empowering the women in our society.
Concerning the Cooperative leadership, Hon. Malonza urged the gathering to elect a well informed people to the Secretariat so as to ensure smooth flow of the daily cooperative activities. Also,the Secretariat would be involved in maters concerning internal coordination among the society members.All the office duties shall be run by these elected officers and shall head the entire society towards the full realisation of the set agenda.
Peninah Malonza was also against the abuse of women leadership by men in power claiming that they perform the same duties as men. She added that those having abusive language towards woman’s leadership should be dealt with and also face legal measures. She added that leaders sleeping in work should be paid a visit by residents and be questioned for their laziness in duty.
Proposals writing on behalf of the cooperative society shall be mandated to the Secretariat so as to attract grants from the donors for the benefit of organization. It’s from these written proposals that the organization would be in a position to be granted the funding by any donor after going through the planned agendas.
Cooperatives chair Florence Kavisu called upon Kitui women to enroll as members to reap full benefits.
“We want Kitui women to respected, this will happen when we are fully empowered” Says Mrs Kavisu