First I will start by condemning the night raid at Orange house where ODM have their offices. Computers and hard disk containing the movement’s confidential data were stolen.
This makes me wonder what were the motives of this raid, I can only imagine it is political but the police say it was a normal burglary. As usual there will be investigations that may not yield anything.
The other political attack I would like to condemn strongly is that of Ms Flora Igoki Tera, a parliamentary aspirant for North Imenti constituency by a five-man gang.
This was obviously done by a political opponent most probably a man who felt threatened. This was a very cowardly attack, did the person have to send all these men to attack one helpless woman.
Such attacks are common in Kenya during elections. In 2002 Yvonne Khamati was beaten up during 2002 elections, a male aspirant threatened to undress her in public because of her political ambition. This did not stop her from doing what she felt was her right. Beth Mugo’s convoy was one time stoned as she campaigned in her constituency and many others.
This could just be the beginning as we are nearing elections. There could be more attacks especially on women, since more women in Kenya have been encouraged to participate in politics this year compared to other years. There have been lobbies for more seats for women, political parties and the Government promising women more seats.
However I must say that such attacks are not only limited to women aspirants alone, even men aspirants also get attacked by opponents or their supporters.
I believe Kenyan women aspirants are determined and will not be derailed by such cowardice attacks on their political ambitions.