Nambale township

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Nambale Township Ward

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Woman beats 10 men in Member of County Assembly race

Nambale Township Ward residents in Busia County voted for a woman for the position of Member of County Assembly (MCA) during the 8th August 2017 General Elections. Mrs. Mwajuma Toloi, beat 10 male candidates for the position. This was against deep-rooted perceptions held among many voters that women are not supposed to hold leadership positions.

The change in leadership was contributed by extensive civic and voter knowledge provided to residents in the ward on the roles and functions of elected leaders, constitution provision on the 2/3rd gender principle in elective and appointive positions, separation of powers, sovereignty of the citizens and ways they can participate in governance processes. “In the August General Elections, the motivation to vote was as a result of civic education training in March 2017 by CEDC (Community Empowerment and Development Centre),” says Maureen Matanji, 28, a resident of Nambale Township Ward. She adds: “I wanted to be part of a change by voting through an informed decision. I had to gauge candidates based on their manifesto and leadership capabilities. Through civic education, I learnt that women should not be denied leadership opportunities, merely because of their gender.”

James Emojong, 53, a resident of Okatekok village in Nambale Township Ward, says sustained civic education, he went through in March 2017 enabled him to discard long-held perceptions that women cannot lead, hence should not be voted for when they seek leadership positions.

Mwajuma, 45, says this was her first time to venture into politics and she faced many challenges. “It was not easy to campaign against 10 men candidates. But I managed to beat them.” She says it was easy to convince residents to vote for her, as most of them understand the role of a MCA and other aspects of the Constitution, such as Chapter Six that addresses leadership and integrity.


Hon. Toloi Mwajuma lead citizens in CIDP (2018-2022) public participation forum at Nambale Sub County grounds in identifying proposals that will address their needs for the next five years.


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