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Tabitha ‘Keroche’: Men flock to Nakuru to benchmark women’s leadership

By Sammy Waweru February 12th, 2024 2 min read

Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja alleges that men from different parts of the country flock to the county to benchmark women’s leadership.

According to the politician, who owns Keroche Breweries Company, Nakuru has become one of the most sought-after counties because it largely elected women to political seats in 2022.

Speaking in Murang’a at an event attended by the Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, the first-time senator claimed that men drawn from various parts of the country visit Nakuru County to learn how women manage to lead people.

She said they are curious about how residents trust women in leadership.

“I come from Nakuru County where women were largely elected (referring to the 2022 general elections). Men come for benchmarking on trusting women’s leadership,” said the Senator.

Tabitha, who was elected through the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, stated the county boasts of having a good number of women in top political positions.

“We are proud of that, and I know the whole nation recognizes Nakuru County as Nakuru Girls,” she stated.

Apart from Nakuru electorates putting Senator Tabitha at the helm of the county’s leadership, they also elected a woman Governor, Susan Kihika.

Lisa Chelule is the county women’s representative.

Nevertheless, as much as Senator Tabitha lauded the county for trusting women in leadership, she hinted to DP Gachagua that ‘there is a storm in paradise’, hence requesting him to calm down the rising political temperatures in the county.

“I am sure when Nakuru people see me addressing you, they are asking if I am signalling that things are not good,” explained the politician.

A row of political differences is brewing between the county governor and a section of leaders, including Senator Tabitha.

She said some lawmakers have started complaining about poor county leadership, thus affecting service delivery to the people.

“Nakuru elected the Kenya Kwanza Government with over 85 per cent of votes cast in the county. However, they are disappointed with the county leadership, and I beg you (DP Gachagua) to come and solve the issues surrounding us. It has been a county of blackmail and intimidation,” Senator Tabitha alleged.