President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday made special remarks about women terming them as a pillar of the society.
Speaking during the burial of his late sister Margaret Kenyatta, President Uhuru mentioned that women had played a big role in the liberation of Kenya and the subsequent progress the country had achieved since independence.
The President explained that he appreciated women and asked other Kenyan leaders to show solidarity with them by passing the two-thirds gender rule.
“We have a responsibility to work together and ensure that the two-thirds gender rule is passed so that women can take their rightful place,” he stated, as he called on men to never underestimate the strength of women.
He termed his late sister as a strong woman who had been a pillar to the Kenyatta family and a towering figure in Kenya’s freedom struggle and public service.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto eulogised Margaret stating that she was “a great lady who served our country with distinction.”
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero described the deceased as a person of integrity whose records as Mayor of Nairobi have been hard to match for those who followed her.
He mentioned that she was credited with establishing most of the estates in Nairobi that provided cheap housing for residents.
“What she did is half the story. What is most outstanding is how she did it with integrity,” Kidero stated.
Margaret died on April 5, at her Nairobi home in Lavington estate at the age of 89.
She was the first Mayor of Nairobi in the 1970’s and is credited for initiating some of the major housing estates in Nairobi, including Buruburu, Madaraka, Jamhuri and California.