ROSALINDA SOIPAN KUDATE: A CHAMPION FOR ALL MAASAI WOMEN
ROSALINDA SOIPAN KUDATE, NAROK WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE / Soipan said that being one of the few women in her Maasai Community with a Masters degree due to the opportunity she got early in life, she has been working hard to ensure that girls from her community
Rosalinda Soipan Kudate joined politics in 2012 hesitantly, following immense pressure from her supporters, who felt that she was the best candidate for the Narok County Women Representative in the 2013 general election.
Soipan who is a daughter of former Narok South MP Samson ole Tuya was approached by members of her community to vie for the seat immediately after she returned home from the United States of America, where she had gone to pursue her Masters in Law Degree in Sustainable International Development from the School of Law, University of Washington.
Soipan said that following constant persuasion by her supporters she convened a meeting at her parents’ home in 2010, where she told them unequivocally that she was not ready to join politics at the time and would instead use her academic qualifications and experience in law to serve her people.
She said that campaigning for the seat was not an easy task given that her older opponents felt that she was too young to be entrusted with a leadership position. However she went round all the six constituencies selling her policies to the people of Narok, who were convinced that she would serve them well after which they overwhelmingly elected her.
Soipan said that being one of the few women in her Maasai Community with a Masters degree due to the opportunity she got early in life, she has been working hard to ensure that girls from her community get quality education. This is so that they can be in a position to compete effectively with their counterparts in the rest of the country since they have the potential to excel.
The County Women Representative said that she was lucky enough to have escaped Female Genital Mutilation. This enabled her to pursue education to the highest level possible. Most girls in the Maasai community have failed to continue with their studies after undergoing FGM - because once they undergo the rite, they are considered as suitable candidates for early marriages.
Soipan says that she has sponsored the training of over 800 women groups in financial management in the entire county. This is intended to empower women economically so that they can expand their businesses to get more profits so that they can be able to cater for their families’ well being.
Soipan is married with two children and is a strong supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. She feels strongly that they deserve to be re-elected for a second term so as to ensure that they complete all the crucial projects they have started in their first term in office.
CAMPAIGNING FOR THE SEAT WAS NOT AN EASY TASK GIVEN THAT HER OLDER OPPONENTS FELT THAT SHE WAS TOO YOUNG TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH A LEADERSHIP POSITION.