Melida Auma, mother to slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno has officially joined politics less than 100 days before the August 9, General Election.
Auma is seeking to contest for the Homa Bay County Woman Rep on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
Speaking on Monday, May 2, when she launched her political bid, Auma said she will introduce policies that will empower women and small-scale traders.
“Homa Bay people are suffering, from the boda boda sector to mama mbogas are feeling the effects of the harsh economy while the leaders engage in corruption,” she said.
Melida exuded confidence that she will clinch the seat in the August election and be declared the winner.
Auma is expected to battle it out with Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s wife Hellen who declared her interest to vie as the third county woman representative in the August 9 polls.
Obado’s wife shunned the People Democratic Party (PDP) a party that is heavily associated with her husband Okoth Obado saying she will vie on an Independent ticket
“It is true that I have declared interest for the Woman Representative seat, this is a public seat where the public and voters decide through the ballot and I will seek their mandate,
“… I am yet to pick my symbol for the ballot, but I have started the process of being cleared by the electoral body,” Hellen said.
Others in eying the seat include Mary Ojode, Molline Ngala, Tabitha Nyandiek, and Elizabeth Ongweno who are all independent candidates.