By: Anita Chepkoech and Angela Oketch

More Kenyan women are throwing their hats in the ring for political positions in the western and southern parts of the country, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive elections in recent history.

The women aspirants, who are mainly professionals, say they are ready to brave the high-octane political season often characterized by hooliganism and mudslinging.

According to those who spoke to the Nation, they will be banking on their track records, professionalism and strong leadership skills to trounce their opponents.

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Those running for governorship include political activist Atieno Otieno (Kisumu), Kakamega businesswoman Mabel Muruli, and Ms. Anne Anyanga (Migori).

Other women running for the top county seats include, Sotik MP Joyce Laboso (Bomet) and Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga.

Dr. Rose Kisia, the Kisumu County Executive for Tourism, will lock horns with Nyando MP Fred Outa in the fight for the Senate seat, as Siaya County Assembly nominated member, Margaret Oketch seeks to unseat Senator James Orengo.

Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

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