Uasin Gishu Woman representative Gladys Boss Shollei has defended herself over locals’ feelings that she has not been engaging with them at the grassroots level.
Shollei has been a common figure on national political issues but the feelings on the ground is that she rarely visits her electorates for regular engagements.
But addressing the issue when she led a drive to sensitize locals on the need to register as voters across several areas in Eldoret town, the vocal legislator said she had to camp in Nairobi to join the push to save Kenyans from the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) – which she branded as a fraud.
“Our country was on the blink of being taken captive by BBI and we had to fight for it because it would make no sense for me to be at the grassroots when the country is in the hands of people with no interest of Kenyans at heart,” noted the Woman Rep.
“If we had not fought to save Kenya we would not be here today. I appreciate that you stood with us until we stopped reggae,” she added.
Shollei further rallied youths to take advantage of the ongoing Mass Voter Registration exercise and enlist themselves as voters.
She said the youth make up to over 60 percent of the vote-base and will have a huge say on who forms the next government.
“We all want to join the hustlers’ team and push that it forms the government so that even the despised people in the community feel being part of the country. You will not be of any help to this course if you do not register as a voter,” Shollei noted.
The legislator also asked parents to ensure their children who are eligible to be voters have been registered.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is undertaking mass voter registration in a bid to enlist over 6 million new voters before the 2022 general election.
The exercise has however been marred with low numbers of Kenyans turning out to register.