My ri­vals use my mar­riage as they have noth­ing on me, says Anne Anyanga

‘Gover­nor ac­cused of run­ning a cor­rup­tion-rid­dled team, an­other as­pi­rant has a his­tory of killing ri­vals. My mar­i­tal sta­tus is noth­ing com­pared to th­ese’

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My ri­vals use the fact that I’m mar­ried to an MP to dis­credit my bid be­cause they are scared, Mig­ori gover­nor as­pi­rant Anne Anyanga has said. She is mar­ried to Ny­atike MP Edick Anyanga.

In 2013 Anyanga was cho­sen to fly ODM’s flag in the Mig­ori gover­nor race, but was pre­vailed upon by the party lead­er­ship to deputise Prof Ed­ward Oyugi. They lost to Okoth Obado and Hamil­ton Orata of PDP. Anne and Edick plan to run again next year.

She said her ri­vals have used this to con­stantly at­tack her af­ter “find­ing no prob­lem with my aca­demic cre­den­tials, party loy­alty and grass­roots sup­port.” Anyanga ac­cused her ri­vals of us­ing “chau­vin­ist and old pro­pa­ganda” by al­ways bring­ing up her mar­riage.

She said it was by God’s grace that she mar­ried into a leader’s home and learnt about lead­er­ship, just like Moses and Joseph in the Bi­ble, who lived in the homes of lead­ers be­fore they them­selves led the Is­raelites.

Anyanga spoke on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the Budho Mokwe show on Mayienga FM. “Res­i­dents should as­sess me on my cam­paign pledges and lead­er­ship record. Women vy­ing in forth­com­ing elec­tions need to be given an equal chance in­stead of dwelling on mi­nor is­sues like mar­riages,” she said.

‘I AM LIKE MOSES AND JOSEPH IN THE BI­BLE, WHO LIVED IN THE HOMES OF LEAD­ERS BE­FORE THEY TOO BE­CAME LEAD­ERS’

/MANUEL ODENY

Mig­ori gover­nor as­pi­rant Anne Anyanga ad­dresses jour­nal­ists at her home in Karen, Nairobi, on Oc­to­ber 16

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