Senator Godliver Omondi has announced that she will by vying for a ward representative position in the county assembly.
The leader who also chairs the United Disabled Persons of Kenya organization has opted to run for the lower seat as it would allow her to efficiently serve the people better than at the senate.
“I have always yearned to work at the village level. That is where a politician who has the welfare of the people at heart would want to be,” said Omondi as quoted in the Star.
She announced that she would run for MCA for the Kholera ward in Matungu, Kakamega County.
According to Omondi, as soon as she made her bid public, her rivals began badmouthing her, asking voters why they would vote for a half person who cannot wear shoes as she is in a wheel chair.
She also told of how her entry into politics was not as smooth going by how her nomination was given to someone else at the last minute and she had to sue the government who reinstated her nomination six months later.
“After my nomination, the seat was later given to Harold Kipchumba from Baringo County, another person living with disability. I was very upset because I felt I deserved the nomination,” said Omondi.
Despite being vocal in the senate and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities across the country, including having a bill passed that allows for free medical treatment of persons with disability in Mombasa, she has said she would rather work from the village than in the senate despite the money and influence.
“ I carry the burdens of everyone in the community. I want to do more for the people of Kakamega. We make laws at the Senate and allocate monies to counties for various projects but when the funds reach the counties, there are no effective ways of ensuring they are used for the purposes intended,” explained Omondi as quoted in the Star.