After weeks of speculation on blogs and social media platforms, Sophy Nekoye Waliaula (pictured above), has finally come out to declare her interest in the Bungoma gubernatorial seat.
Speaking on Maisha TV on Monday evening, the 37-year affirmed that she has deep passion to vie and offer better leadership to the people of Bungoma.
‘Yes, I want to confirm that I will be vying for the big seat in Bungoma County come 2020 and I promise great leadership to the electorate,” she said when the host Sylvia Nyongesa tasked her to confirm the speculations that were first posted by Bogger Wakajuaness.
Having worked in and outside the county in senior managerial positions with co-operates and organisations, the former Lugula Girls Boarding Primary and Chwele Girls alumni also promised to use her vast connections to empower the youth and women, claiming that not much has been tapped to get the full potential across the country.
Additionally, the mother of three challenged women to come out of their brackets and claim leadership positions in the society.
Hailing from Maeni village in Kimilili, Ms Sophy Waliaula holds a Master of Arts in (Sociology) Rural Sociology & Community Development from the University of Nairobi- Kenya (MA) as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University.
In her charity activities, she has donated thousands of sanitary pads to children at Bungoma DEB Primary School in Bungoma town, Christ The King, St. Joseph’s Webuye among other schools as well as an anti-jigger campaign in Mt. Elgon.
Wakajuaness’ post that speculated on her ambitions sent tongues swaying with thousands of mixed reactions from social media.
She becomes the first woman to declare her bid for the Bungoma Gubernatorial Seat come 2022. If elected, she will become the second female Governor in the Lake Region Economic Block – LREB – after the late Joyce Labosso of Bomet County whose death reduced the number of female governors to two. The other are Kitui’s Charity Ngilu and Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru.
Her entrance into the race offers fresh blood and ideas to the residents of Bungoma County who are torn between recycling former Governor Kenneth Lusaka or retaining Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
Her declaration comes at a time when the county is divided on the two-thirds gender rule where Chief Justice last week wrote to the President advising him to dissolve the government over failure to implement the clause.