Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has declared her interest to unseat current Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris in the much-anticipated 2022 General Election.
Speaking to Tuko.co.ke on Thursday, August 19, Omanga, a Jubilee nominated senator who has since shifted her allegiance to United Democratic Alliance, an outfit heavily linked to Deputy President William Ruto said she knows unseating Passaris is not a walk in the park but she is determined
“I am going for mama county Nairobi, mama kanairo (slang for nairobi),”
“I know she (Passaris) is a worthy competitor, we are all competing but wananchi (electorate) will choose. We will table our manifesto and agenda and voters will decide at the end of the day,” she said.
In 2017, Omanga, the former United Republican Party member lost to Rachael Shebesh in the hotly contested Jubilee Party primaries.
Shebesh, who was the Nairobi representative at the time, was later defeated by Esther Passaris of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party in the 2017 General Election.
Millicent Omanga said should he win the seat, her key priority will be to utilize the management of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) to mainly benefit the youths and empower women.
“I want to deal with soft issues in society in terms of NGAAF, most people are using NGAAF to do what CDF is already mandated to do. They are not looking at those sensitive issues which the youth and women are going through,” she said.
In June 2021, Omanga, an ardent supporter of DP Ruto dismissed suggestions by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli to have the 2022 General Election postponed to create room for planned changes to the constitution through the Building Bridged Initiative BBI Bill.
“Atwoli is obsessed with the desire to postpone the 2022 elections. Of course, this is in retaliation to the sudden death of BBI whose burial is on August 20, at the Court of Appeal,” she said.