Political twist as Meru women slam lawmaker over ‘Komerera’ remarks


Agitated women address media at Buuri Sub-County, Meru County. They accused Meru women representative Kawira Mwangaza of neglecting their region while funding women in other parts of Meru. Photo/Rugendo Antony

By Rugendo Antony

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Worth Noting:

  • “Kawira should not be insulting and clashing with other leaders, as a woman she should be a tool of uniting leaders rather than calling women Komerera,” Sabera Kanyiri, a group member said.
  • However Muthoni Likimani’s Passbook Number F. 47927: Women and Mau Mau in Kenya says “komerera” was a subversive move that mobilized Kikuyu solidarity at a time when colonial agents, both British and African, sought to divide and isolate many Kikuyu people through witch hunt, rivalries and betrayals. It was a statement of stoic determination at a time when such had been reduced from virtues to mere folly.
  • “County government receives close to one billion per year for groups and people with disabilities while in a year NGAAF gives less than 10Million shillings per year to the entire County, Kiraitu should pull up his socks and give groups money. Let him face me directly, he should stop using Komerera because i will never answer,” said Kawira in a statement.
Agitated women address media at Buuri Sub-County, Meru County. They accused Meru women representative Kawira Mwangaza of neglecting their region while funding women in other parts of Meru. Photo/Rugendo Antony

Meru Women Representative Kawira Mwangaza has been criticized for comments terming his political rivals as ‘Komerera’ while addressing residents.

In what seemed like a political hype the agitated women slammed Mwangaza of unfairness while supporting women

Speaking at Nkuliga village in Buuri Sub-County the women condemned Mwangaza over biasness in funding women groups in Meru.

The women dubbed as Nkatha women group warned the women representative against using insults on his female rivals. Instead they called on the Mwangaza to unite leaders.

“Kawira should not be insulting and clashing with other leaders, as a woman she should be a tool of uniting leaders rather than calling women Komerera,” Sabera Kanyiri, a group member said.

The Meru women leaders had used the term ‘Komerera’ while responding to her critics whom she alleged to be allied to her political rival Kiraitu Murungi.

“These are Komerera allied to this man I cannot be an equal to his female Komerera that use expensive face lotions from Dubai to transform their faces. They are questioning where I get money yet i use cheap oils when they are using oils worth hundreds of thousands,” Mwangaza had said in a statement that seemed to be directed to Meru nominated MP Halima Mucheke who had questioned where Kawira got money to build a storey house in her home.

According to link.springer.com Komerera is a Kikuyu word meaning ‘lie low, keep out of trouble’. People used the slogan during emergency time to advice talkative people believed to betray Mau Mau to keep quiet or they would indulge in trouble.

However Muthoni Likimani’s Passbook Number F. 47927: Women and Mau Mau in Kenya says “komerera” was a subversive move that mobilized Kikuyu solidarity at a time when colonial agents, both British and African, sought to divide and isolate many Kikuyu people through witch hunt, rivalries and betrayals. It was a statement of stoic determination at a time when such had been reduced from virtues to mere folly.

The furious women allied to governor Kiraitu said the women rep has been abusing females using the term ‘Komerera’ rather than supporting them.

The agitated women said their efforts to get funded by the women representative have always been thwarted.

“We have been trying our best to get the women funds from our women leader but every time we go to him we are chased away,” Agnes Nkatha a group member noted

Nkatha accused the women rep of biasness in giving out masks and other Covid-19 equipments.

“Schools are getting opened yet we have never received any aid in form of masks or even food yet we see our women rep giving others coronavirus aid in Television, we are pleading to her to support us or else we will dump her for other leaders,” she said.

Fridah Gatwiri a resident of Muruguma area in Buuri Sub-County said children in her region have never received bursaries awarded by the women rep despite applying.

Gatwiri said the women representative has neglected them snubbing to support women in the region.

Meru women representative in an earlier statement said that his political rival Kiraitu Murungi has been training women to riot against her.

Mwangaza said her political rivals have been holding secret meeting and holding press briefs to scare her from her gubernatorial ambitions.

The Meru women rep said she was ready to battle and defeat governor Kiraitu in 2022 elections.

She questioned why Kiraitu government was not supporting groups formed by residents in Meru.

“County government receives close to one billion per year for groups and people with disabilities while in a year NGAAF gives less than 10Million shillings per year to the entire County, Kiraitu should pull up his socks and give groups money. Let him face me directly, he should stop using Komerera because i will never answer,” said Kawira in a statement.

Kawira instead warned her rivals to be ready for a defeat in 2022 election.

“Am yet to campaign, let my rivals be ready for a defeat, I will take them home early in the morning during the elections,” Kawira was once recorded saying.

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