By Emmanuel Maleve
The County Government of Kitui is keen on implementing initiatives aimed at empowering women socially and economically. Culture, Gender, Youth, ICT, Sports and Social Services CECM Phoebe Mutemi has said the County Administration will continue working closely with development partners towards this end.
“Governor Dr. Julius Malombe recognizes that women play an integral role in the wellbeing of Kitui communities hence the need to ensure they are adequately empowered,”she said.
She spoke during the 2023 international Day of Rural Women’s fete at Kanyangi Market in Kitui Rural Sub-County.
The International Day of Rural Women is observed on October 15 annually in recognition of the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty.
The theme for the 2023 edition is “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All.”
CEC Mutemi applauded the rural women in Kitui County and beyond for their consistent efforts in addressing the food needs of their families in line with this year’s theme.
She as well urged women to mentor young girls into responsible and dependable women of the future in order to foster an empowered society.
In her speech delivered by Ms Mercylyn Mokeira, Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi’s spouse Tessie Musalia commended the rural women for their hard work and relentless efforts in agriculture, small businesses and chicken rearing, among other ventures, to meet the needs of their households.
Kitui County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, Kitui Public Service Board Chairperson Dr. Florence Makindi, Kitui Rural MP Bonnie Mwalika, Kitui Women Representative Dr Irene Kasalu, Chief Officer for Culture, Gender and Social Services Nelly Mutisya and a section Members of the Kitui County Assembly also graced the celebrations.