Team Embrace abandons women after Kilifi rally

Team EmbraceTeam Embrace leaders from right Kirinyaga governor Anne Mumbi, Taveta MP Naomi Shaban and Homa bay woman representative Gladys Wanga during the Kilifi rally

Kilifi woman representative Getrude Mbeyu has found herself on the receiving end over mistreatment of women during the Team Embrace rally Kilifi chapter.

This is after several women who had been ferried to the function were left stranded without transport back home.

The event graced by Kirinyaga governor Anne Mumbi and a host of women leaders in support of the Uhuru-Raila handshake took place on Friday at Karisa Maitha grounds in Kilifi town.

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The women were ferried from all the seven sub counties in Kilifi in school buses.

Some of the school buses made more than one trip to bring women to the event but made only single trips back due to regulations on the time the buses should be on the road. Some of the women stayed at the venue until past 7pm when they started asking for support from politicians.

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On Saturday, Kilifi north MP Owen Baya condemned team embrace for failing to plan on the logistics of how the women will get back home.

“I was shocked when a group of about forty women came to my residence late at night to ask for transport. The women were from different areas of the county. This is an embarrassment to team embrace because you cannot speak of empowering women yet you leave them in a place far from their homes. If you take someone to a rally you should take responsibility of that person until he or she returns home,” said Baya while attending a burial in Mtondia.

Mbeyu said she had exhausted all her finances as she single handedly organized the function without the input of any leader from the county or the Team Embrace secretariat.

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According to Kilifi County nominated MCA Koki Musyoki who was a member of the organizing committee, no woman who had been ferried was stranded at the venue.

 “The event was organized by the woman representative and we also received support from Governor Amason Kingi and CAS Gideon Mung’aro. Each subcounty was assigned three buses. Every sub county was represented by 150 women who each received a dera and were taken back home in the same buses. If there is a woman who was stranded then she should have come on her own hence we were not responsible of such people,” said Koki.

Before the rally, police scuttled an alleged plan by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa to disrupt the event.

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Police mounted a roadblock along the Malindi-Kilifi highway and intercepted school buses that had been hired to ferry Jumwa’s women supporters from Malindi and Magarini constituencies to the event and forced the drivers to go back to Malindi.

Some of Jumwa’s top supporters were arrested and grilled by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Kilifi headquarters some hours before the event kicked off and later released.

 Security was beefed at the venue with the presence of armed police officers.

Kilifi County Commissioner Magu Mutindika said they will not entertain anyone who will breach peace in the County at any time.

However Jumwa who was in Nairobi for the Inua Mama Rally denied allegations and said the women were innocent and were going to attend the meeting like any other Kilifi woman.

Jumwa accused police for frustrating women.

“Police should not arrest innocent women because of political issues. And if they are ready for politics they should be ready. I will not allow any woman to be intimidated,” said Jumwa.

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