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Nominated County Reps shrug off ‘flower girl’ tag

Nairobi’s nominated women members of County Assembly have a battle in their hands; fighting off the flower girl tag.

They say the tag depicts them as being ‘idle and there to be seen’ other than work.

“Our mandate is oversight, legislation and representation. I wonder if flower girls can legislate and represent people ably. We are able, we are developing bills, we are going to start a health desk at the county assembly,” said Margaret Sewe.

The leaders made the remarks at a forum organized by the Association of Media Women in Kenya (Amwik).

They said their elected colleagues are blocking their efforts of initiating projects in the wards.

“Nominated members are not allowed to implement projects in the wards. They do not allow us to work in the wards. When we go into their wards they ask what we are going to do,” said a member who sought anonymity.