Sunday May 13, 2018
By Allan Mungai
“I want elders to give me competent and qualified women and I will offer them opportunities,” Roba said at Moi Girls Secondary School as he presided over a tree planting exercise in Mandera.
FILE - Mandera County Governor Ali Roba
Somali community customs and traditions are preventing women from taking up senior positions in the county government, Governor Ali Roba has said.
Roba said there are few women in senior county positions as many qualified candidates are bogged down by the community’s patriarchal ideals.
Roba said the community still favours men.
“I have dozens of requests for jobs in Mandera County for men and almost none for women,” Roba said.
The Constitution stipulates that women should take at least 30 per cent of government jobs. The county has advertised a number of vacancies, including board membership at Mandera Water and Sewerage Company and a number of managers.