Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, has challenged Kenyan women to take advantage of the 30 per cent public procurement jobs in government set aside for women, the disabled and youth.
Speaking at the official residence of the Deputy President in Karen yesterday, Mrs Ruto expressed concern that few women were taking advantage of the opportunity to make wealth yet it has been provided to them.
“The good thing about the 30 per cent rule is that you get the tender and make your money—even if just a few thousand shillings—to fend for your family and improve your life,” she said.
Mrs Ruto said it is unfortunate that many women are wallowing in poverty yet the opportunity exists, adding that the quota has been reserved for all categories of women and not particular women or groups.
“Some women say that this 30 per cent public procurement opportunity is for those who are ‘up there’ not us, and this is not true because it is for all of us,” she said when hosting spouses of Rift Valley National Assembly MPs to a breakfast meeting.
The spouses were led by their chairperson Beatrice Limo, Kipkelion MP’s wife. At the same time, Mrs Ruto expressed satisfaction that the status of women in the country has changed, with women taking on greater roles and responsibilities in leadership unlike in the past when they were confined to domestic chores.
“Continue helping your spouses in the villages and constituencies, and do not take anything for granted for leadership is not easy,” she said.
Value addition She told the women that the Deputy President is very passionate in what women are doing in the constituencies, especially in empowering other women in all spheres of life. Limo listed some of the activities women in the Rift Valley were engaged in to uplift their lives.
They included dairy farming, poultry and bee keeping, agribusiness and creating home crafts. “We need to embrace value addition to make products such as flour and packaged honey that will fetch more money in the market instead of trading in raw materials,” she said.